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Marijuana: Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Oregon's marijuana laws?

Oregon law allows both medical and "recreational" use of marijuana, within specified limits.

  • Visit our Laws page to learn about legal use of both medical and recreational marijuana in Oregon.
  • also provides a great overview of recreational marijuana laws.

What are the health effects of marijuana use?

We still have a lot to learn about the physical and mental effects of using marijuana, but we do know that marijuana may be harmful to some people. Babies and kids may be especially vulnerable. Learning about possible health impacts can help people understand the risks they could be taking by using marijuana.

Visit our Health and Safety page for details.

Is it safe to use marijuana if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There is no known safe amount of marijuana use during pregnancy. It may harm your baby if you use marijuana in any form and at any time during your pregnancy. This includes smoking, eating and vaping marijuana.

If you're breastfeeding, the THC in marijuana that makes you feel "high" can get into your breast milk and may harm your baby.

Talk to your doctor if you're pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding and need help to stop using marijuana.

Visit our Health and Safety page to learn more.

Is marijuana tested for pesticides or other contaminants?

Yes. The Oregon Health Authority protects people’s health by ensuring marijuana products in Oregon are tested by an ORELAP-accredited laboratory and pass testing requirements for pesticides and other contaminants before they are transferred to consumers. Tests that fail are reported immediately to the OHA.

View health alerts associated with failed tests.

Are marijuana products labeled to clearly show they contain marijuana?

Yes. As of October 1, 2016, a marijuana universal symbol is required on all marijuana products being sold in Oregon.

What should I do if my child accidentally eats or drinks a marijuana product?

Marijuana can make children very sick. Call the Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if your child eats or drinks marijuana products. If the symptoms seem bad, such as having trouble breathing, walking or sitting up, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.

Safety tips: If you or someone who takes care of your child use marijuana, there are a few important steps you can take to keep your child safe.

  • Keep marijuana locked, out of sight and out of reach.
  • Don't use marijuana when kids are around.
  • Remember that using marijuana while taking care of a baby isn't safe. Don't let someone take care of your baby when they are under the influence of marijuana.

Do you have tips for talking to kids and teens about marijuana?

Yes, visit the Parent section of our Health and Safety page or download our Parents' Guide, also available in pdf iconSpanish. Talking with your kids about marijuana can be difficult, but it's the best way to help them make good decisions as they grow up.

What is Oregon doing to prevent youth marijuana use?

Five cents of every marijuana tax dollar will be used by the Oregon Health Authority to fund alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division has developed a website for youth and young adults as part of its Stay True to You campaign to share information about the health effects and consequence of using marijuana. Visit or Stay True Oregon on Facebook or Instagram to learn more.

What scientific data is the Oregon Health Authority using to study marijuana's health effects?

Our scientific advisory committee conducts evidence reviews of current data. View our evidence reviews and sources.

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