In 2014, Oregonians resoundingly passed a ballot measure that legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older—becoming just the fourth state to do so.
Today, a number of locally owned and operated dispensaries sell all kinds of cannabis and accessories around Central Oregon—flower, bud, edibles, and more. So if you’re interested in partaking while enjoying your next trip to the region, we’ve rounded up a guide to cannabis and dispensaries in Central Oregon—along with tips for staying safe and compliant with rules and regulations.
Cannabis and Dispensaries Around Bend and Sunriver
For years, you’ve been able to find great breweries and cideries in Bend, as well as a few creative distilleries. So it’s no surprise that craft-minded producers in Bend have also opened some of the region’s best-known dispensaries.
Chief among them is Tokyo Starfish, which boasts three locations around Bend and offers an outstanding selection of hybrid and sativa varieties of cannabis flower; whatever experience you’re looking for, chances are good the friendly, knowledgeable budtender can help find the right product. (Tokyo Starfish even hosts what it calls the first and only “bud-and-breakfast” in Bend; the two-bedroom, cannabis-friendly apartment sits above one of Tokyo Starfish’s outposts and includes a mini bar with smoking paraphernalia.)
Also in Bend, Oregrown Craft Cannabis is one of three Oregrown outlets around the state—and can be found just north of downtown. The chic dispensary carries high-quality cannabis flowers, extracts, resin, and more—all with an eye toward education and environmental responsibility.
And in Sunriver, Cannabis Nation has been serving customers since 2018. Over the years, the dispensary has sold a whopping 45 strains—and today prides itself on offering a variety of cutting-edge products (including pre-rolls, vaporizers, edibles, and concentrates) and employing sustainable growing practices.
Cannabis and Dispensaries Around La Pine
The quiet community of La Pine doesn’t just offer easy access to some of the best national and state parks in Central Oregon; it boasts a pair of marijuana dispensaries, each with histories that stretch back several years and staff members who can educate visitors and help find the right product.
HD Botanicals opened in 2015, becoming one of the first dispensaries in Central Oregon. In the years since opening, its friendly budtenders have earned rave reviews for offering personalized recommendations on flower, vaporizers, edibles, pre-rolls, and other products; HD Botanicals even offers a drive-thru lane where visitors can pick up pre-ordered products.
The locally owned Green Knottz Dispensary, meanwhile, offers three locations around Central and southern Oregon—with plenty of indoor and sun-grown flowers, concentrates, extracts, topicals, and a wide range of edibles.
Cannabis and Dispensaries Around Madras
Madras hasn’t been left out of the marijuana boom in Central Oregon, hosting a handful of locally owned dispensaries.
The lineup includes Plantae, for instance, which opened in 2015 and has gone on to become a community mainstay. The dispensary sources its flower from a farm in Central Oregon—and sells concentrates, edibles, topicals, vaporizers, and other products.
Nearby, the La Pine-based Green Knottz Dispensary hosts a second location in downtown Madras, selling a wide variety of items that are produced and processed in Oregon.
What to Know About Cannabis in Central Oregon
Cannabis may be legal in Oregon, and you’re well within your rights to partake (as long as you’re at least 21 years of age), but you’ll want to know about rules and regulations if you want to enjoy safely and responsibly. Here’s what to know about cannabis laws in Oregon.
Dispensaries in Central Oregon: Cannabis must be purchased at licensed retail outlets. Note that most dispensaries do not accept debit or credit cards, so bring cash.
Legal amounts of cannabis in Central Oregon: At any given time, you may possess up to 1 ounce of useable marijuana (harvested flowers, leaves, or bud), 16 ounces of cannabinoids in solid form (such as edibles), 72 ounces of cannabinoids in liquid form, or five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates.
Using cannabis in public in Central Oregon: It is illegal to use marijuana in public or to drive under the influence of marijuana, and doing so may lead to significant legal penalties. Most hotels and motels also prohibit smoking on their properties. Also note that marijuana use is not permitted on Oregon State Park properties.
Using cannabis on public lands in Central Oregon: Federal law takes precedence over state law, and marijuana is still not legal at the federal level. Therefore, cannabis use is not permitted on federally managed lands, including the Deschutes National Forest, Three Sisters Wilderness, and Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area. Rangers can issue penalties that include a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.
Transporting cannabis from Central Oregon: It is illegal to take cannabis into an airport or across state lines.
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