Medical and Recreational Marijuana Regulations

 Updated: September 23, 2015


Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The licensing and operation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries is regulated primarily by the Oregon Health Authority. However, Washington County has also adopted regulations that specify which county land use districts medical marijuana dispensaries may be located in and establishing additional standards for the operation of dispensary facilities in unincorporated areas of Washington County (outside of cities). The County's special use standards that regulate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are found in Community Development Code Section 430-80.

A-Engrossed Ordinance 792- Development Code Standards for Medical Marijuana Dispensary 

State of Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary directory and map


County Land Use Districts where Medical Marijuana Dispensaries may be Sited


Additional county Medical Marijuana Dispensary regulations


Additional Information

For additional information on Washington County regulations and permitting procedures for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, please contact Washington County Current Planning section at 503-846-8761 or  


Medical Marijuana Grow Sites

Please consult the Oregon Health Authority's Oregon Medical Marijuana Program for additional information. 


Recreational Marijuana

In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Statewide Ballot Measure 91 which will allow personal use and possession of recreational marijuana subject to Oregon law. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is tasked with developing and implementing state regulations for recreational marijuana.

State Regulations

OLCC is currently in the process of adopting rules to implement Measure 91. By January 4, 2016 OLCC is required to begin accepting applications for "the licensing of persons to produce, process, and sell marijuana within the state," including retail marijuana stores.  Please consult OLCC for additional information.

Pending County Regulations

Measure 91 also provides the ability for cities and counties to adopt "reasonable time, place and manner regulations of the nuisance aspects of establishments that sell marijuana to consumers." Washington County's Long Range Planning section is currently working on Ordinance 804 that proposes regulations for recreational marijuana in Washington County. 

The first scheduled public hearing before the Planning Commission is August 19. The Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing on this ordinance at their meeting on September 1, 2015. Stay informed about this and other land use ordinances by subscribing to our newsletter on our Land Use Ordinances page.

Additional Information

For additional information on potential Washington County regulations for recreational marijuana facilities, please contact  Washington County's Long Range Planning section at 503-846-3519 or for additional information.


Industrial Hemp

Please see the Oregon Department of Agriculture for additional information. 



Oregon Senate Bill 1531 became effective on March 19, 2014. It authorized local jurisdictions to adopt reasonable regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries, and included provisions allowing local jurisdictions to adopt a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries through May 1, 2015.

April 22, 2014 - Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 781 implementing a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensary facilities until local regulations could be adopted.

October 28, 2014 - Board adopted A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 792, which became effective on November 28, 2014. It adopted county regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries and ended the temporary moratorium imposed by Ordinance No. 781.

November 4, 2014 - Oregon voters approved statewide Ballot Measure 91 which will legalize personal use and possession of recreational marijuana under Oregon law. The county will consider potential local regulations for recreational marijuana facilities in 2015.