A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Oregon

Even though recreational cannabis has been legal in Oregon for a bit, the state’s medical cannabis program has been up and thriving since 1998. Today, we’re talking all about getting your Oregon medical marijuana card, how to do it, and the few steps you’ll have to take. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Get evaluated by a qualified physician 
  2. Receive a recommendation for medical cannabis
  3. Apply online
  4. Get your card and start shopping!
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How to Get an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card

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Who Can Get an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card?

First, who qualifies for medical marijuana in Oregon? The medical marijuana program is open for any in-state resident who has been diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition by a licensed physician. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Oregon?

The qualifying medical conditions for getting your MMJ card in Oregon are:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • A degenerative or pervasive neurological condition
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces one or more of the following
    • Cachexia (a weight-loss disease that can be caused by HIV or cancer)
    • Severe pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy
    • Persistent muscle spasm, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis

How-To Steps for Getting an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card

1: Get Evaluated by a Qualifying Physician

To get your hands on an Oregon medical marijuana card, you will have to meet with a qualified physician who can evaluate you. This doctor must be a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO).

2: Receive a Recommendation for Medical Cannabis

Once you’ve been evaluated, your physician will determine whether or not you qualify for medical cannabis. If you do, you will receive a physician’s recommendation that’s integral for your MMJ card application. 

3: Apply Online

Once you have your recommendation, it’s time to head over to Oregon Health Authority’s Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) website. Here, the website will walk you through the application process, letting you know exactly what types of documentation (such as proof of residency and identification) are necessary. 

Finally, you will pay the required fee of $200 and submit your application. 

4: Get Your Card and Start Shopping!

After you submit your application, the OMMP will send an approval confirmation email along with a receipt. Until you get your card in the mail, this receipt can act as your Oregon MMJ card, but only for 30 days. Then, the OMMP will mail you your physical card and you’ll really be able to start shopping for medical cannabis in The Beaver State.