In this series, we’ll take you on a tour of Portland’s best cannabis dispensaries, organized by specific consumer needs. Looking for a lengthy menu? The best craft bud in the state? A budtender who can answer every question that comes to mind? This critic-compiled list is sure to lead you to the perfect place, whether you’re new to Oregon or just passing through for the weekend.


Portland’s mobile cannabis sellers are product-diverse, priced for everyone, and discretely convenient. Like Portland’s brick and mortar cannabis retailers, delivery services are numerous and each has its strengths and areas for improvement. We’ve mapped it all out so you can find a shoe that fits your stroll.

But first, you should know about a bit of red tape that limits out-of-towners from enjoying the full range of legal cannabis experiences approved by Oregon law.

Long story short, delivery services can’t make drops at hotels, businesses, restaurants, schools, bars, farmer’s markets, hoe downs, hootenannys or any other place considered public. What they can do is bring product to a private residence. And because AirBnB properties are privately zoned, they’re fair game for not just delivery but also consumption.

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Be aware, these dispo-to-door retailers uphold the same daily purchasing limits that govern brick and mortar shops.

Despite playing by a single book, delivery services differ across many variables: customer care, user experience, product quality and value, menu volume and focus—as well as quantifiable parameters like purchasing minimums, fee structures, and order-to-delivery turnaround. Read on to see how Portland’s most popular delivery services stack up.

Diem

White Widow by Diem Cannabis (Matt Stangel for Leafly)

Specialty: Best-in-class customer care, a low-hassle digital storefront, and fast turnaround

Simplicity goes a long way, and it’s what Diem does best.

Hop on their website, browse products by category or in one long scroll, and fill your cart to meet the $30 minimum.

Wonders of service aside, Diem’s deepest menu category is composed of more than 120 concentrate, extract, and cartridge options.

At checkout, you’ll enter some basic shipping information and specify how you’d like to pay. Yes, Diem accepts not just cash but credit and debit. Better still, your card will be swiped at the time of delivery—so you’ll spend no extra energy registering for payment processing services or uploading sensitive photos of your driver’s license to iffy server farms.

After submitting your order, you’ll receive a confirmation call from one of Diem’s friendly service reps letting you know that you’re good to sit back and enjoy the free, same-day delivery (orders received after 7:30pm are fulfilled the next day).

Diem will dispatch your order from the closest of three fulfillment centers spread out across Portland, ensuring expedient turnaround for the entirety of their service zone. When we placed an order on a Wednesday evening during rush hour, it was in our hands within 90 minutes.

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Wonders of service aside, Diem’s deepest menu category is composed of more than 120 concentrate, extract, and cartridge options. You may also notice that the majority of Diem’s flower is grown in-house.

Unfortunately, priced at $8-$12 per gram, we found Diem’s in-house options to be of a lesser value than competing products. Due diligence aside, we recommend taking our observations with a grain of salt: we only saw three of the 16 house strains on Diem’s menu at the time of our purchase.

Kush Cart

Jazz by Gorge Grown Kush Kart (Matt Stangel for Leafly)

Specialty: Fast delivery, discreet door service, and competitive budget flowers—including $3 grams of surprisingly nice indoor

With Kush Cart, the turnaround is fast, the service is professional and discreet, and free delivery and low cart-minimums ($25 before tax) makes it easy to pull the trigger on a purchase without overspending.

Yet, while the fee structures and service experiences are similar to those of Diem, Kush Cart’s menu is a decided move toward making high-value budget products accessible to the convenience consumer.

Kush Cart stocks numerous one-off budget options from virtually unknown farms and in as many styles. The resulting range of quality is of much higher value than what could be assumed by cost alone: a mere $3 per gram and $10 per eighth, including impressive indoor options.

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The only issues we felt the responsibility to report were not with Kush Cart’s products or services, but rather with their e-commerce portal and online shopping experience.

Using Kush Cart to do the digital equivalent of window shopping—that is, to fill a cart with hypothetical purchases and determine a total that includes all fees and taxes—a visitor must first create an account.

After the initial traffic jam of signup requirements, if you plan to use a credit card, you’ll need to apply for a CanPay.com account. CanPay is a third-party payment processor that can take up to 24 hours to approve new accounts and remove that last barrier to the cannabis you wanted yesterday. It’s enough to make a person opt for the cash option, if not bail on the whole thing and use a less complicated service.

But we’re glad we saw it through, because Kush Cart’s high-value budget flowers and competitive top-shelf options were enough to earn them a spot on this list. Combined with the low $25 minimum, discreet door service, and guaranteed two-hour delivery—Kush Cart landed the eagle in under 80 minutes.

Green Box

Peppermint Pie #2 by 7 Points (Matt Stangel for Leafly)

Specialty: Monthly subscription boxes filled with exclusive drops from top growers, new releases from trusted brands, and experiments from popular edible, concentrate, and topical traders

Here in Portland, we claim bragging rights to Green Box—a monthly subscription service offering fresh collections of new and exclusive cannabis and derived products from craft manufacturers, proven crowd pleasers, and novel lifestyle brands.

The products are of a quality that’s unmatched in the delivery space, the service is fast and friendly, and the online storefront is smooth and easy on the eyes.

Subscription packages start at an introductory $50 trial price, after which you’ll pay $100-$250 a month depending on the plan you select. But Green Box also fields custom orders of $50 or more. Cash or bitcoin are accepted for payment, there’s a $5 delivery fee, and you can choose the two-hour fulfillment window that best suits your day, first come first served.

We recently took advantage of a 30%-off deal and scored six unique variations on Peppermint Pie, a cross of Grape Pie and White Durban created by breeder Cannarado and grown by 7 Points Oregon. Not only was the pheno flight a satisfying study of genetic variation with lots of nuanced mint flavors, but the connoisseur-focused craftsmanship justified the higher-end, $12-per-gram price.

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Looking back on the experience, though we were initially discouraged by the $50 cart minimum—after all, it’s a steep gamble for a sight-unseen purchase—we felt good about shopping with Green Box. The products are of a quality that’s unmatched in the delivery space, the service is fast and friendly, and the online storefront is smooth, straightforward, and easy on the eyes.

Think of Green Box as a payday splurge of the future or an awesome gift for that person on your Nice List who’d rather smoke their presents.