It limits the sale of adult-use cannabinoids to people aged 21+. Any product containing more than 0.5mg of THC is considered an ‘adult-use cannabis item.’ Therefore, before buying any CBD item, check the COA to see the total THC content. If it is above 0.5mg, you can’t buy it if you’re 20 or younger.
However, once you’re aged 21+, there is no limit on the amount of hemp-derived CBD products you can possess, with a maximum THC content of 0.3%.
A Significant Legal Change
Barring inhalant delivery systems (such as smoking and vaping), there are no restrictions on selling CBD products in Oregon for adults aged 21+.
Oregon was one of the first states to legalize MMJ. It did so via Measure 67 in 1998. From 1999 to 2005, the rate of cannabis use in the state was 45% higher than the general American population. It was only a matter of time before full legalization occurred.
Regulation of CBD in Oregon
In 2019, there were 50,000 planted acres of hemp in Oregon. It was #1 for hemp production in the United States and seemed certain to continue on an upward trajectory. However, the hemp boom seemed to end across the country in 2020. Oregon, in particular, suffered as wildfires caused havoc.
While there are no requirements surrounding the sale of hemp-derived CBD products in Oregon, there are regulations around testing, labeling, and cultivation that vary for hemp and marijuana products.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating substance found in cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Currently, Oregon is theWest Coast state where CBD in food and beverages can be purchased from retailers, including pharmacies and grocery stores.
Current federal laws still highly regulate the production and sale of hemp and its cannabinoids, including CBD. In addition, the Farm Bill also allows states to regulate or prohibit CBD cultivation and commerce. In addition, states also may attempt to regulate CBD beverage, food, dietary supplement, and cosmetic products independently of the FDA finalizing its regulations around such products.
There are no possession limits for hemp-derived CBD in the state of Oregon. For CB marijuana-derived CBD, possession limits vary by product type. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Because hemp-derived CBD products including CBD oil are now federally legal, consumers have a wide variety of options online or in retail stores for purchasing CBD in Oregon.
Hemp must still be produced and sold under the regulations outlined under the bill. To date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has yet to create these regulations.
Hemp strains don’t produce enough THC to cause intoxication, yet all cannabis — including hemp — was considered illegal under the 1970 Federal Controlled Substances Act. Under this law, cannabis was categorized as a Schedule 1 drug, defined as a substance with a high abuse potential, no accepted medical use, and a likelihood for addiction.
Oregon’s packaging and labeling restrictions require that if products contain only industrial hemp intended for human consumption or use, the label must include the department’s special hemp symbol, which is a white cannabis leaf and the word hemp inside a rectangle with a blue background. If the products contain any marijuana as defined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the state’s cannabis regulatory body, they must bear the universal symbol, a rectangle with a white cannabis leaf and an exclamation point inside a rectangle with a red background.