How Cannabis Delivery in Portland, Oregon Works
Cannabis Delivery in Portland has been a long time coming. It is available in many parts of Oregon so these rules will most likely apply where you are too.
Sometimes we take legal marijuana for granted, but remember how it used to be? You would call your guy (because texting was too risky) to ask them to deliver weed in code (“minute mixtapes” any one?) and then you would wait around for the guy to show up. It was never when he said it would be, he was often several hours late. By the time you’d convinced yourself that he was being strip-searched and interrogated by the cops—probably giving them your name as a bargaining chip—you’d get a coded knock on the door. Finally, right?
There was no consistency in the product. One month, he might have Durban Poison, but the next, it was all Blueberry Kush and you never had a choice. (At this point, we would like to pause and note that not all drug dealers are men, and we don’t mean to exclude or disparage the many women out there who took part in the legacy market. Shout out, ladies.). If you liked what you got, you had to be prepared to buy a lot more on the spot or you might never see it again.
Things are so much better now that cannabis purchase, delivery, and consumption has been legalized and regulated here in Oregon. Now, thanks to the magic of functional democracy, you can safely and legally order exactly what you want, and it will show up at your door in the hands of a friendly, knowledgeable person and your order will already be measured and packaged.
So how does marijuana delivery work now? What are the policies and procedures, consistent with the law, that allow us to offer such a streamlined experience? Let Pot Mates be your guide through the magical, wonderful world of legal weed on demand and you can see just how civilized a society we have become. This might be a good time to read up on other Frequently Asked Questions about cannabis law in Oregon.
Stocking the Store
There are really only two types of legal cannabis delivery in Portland. The first type is a conventional retailer with a brick-and-mortar retail shop and their own delivery staff. The second type is a delivery-only retailer, like Pot Mates, that has no physical storefront. There was a third type that involved a conventional retailer and a separate delivery service that may deliver for multiple stores (but that’s not legal here in Oregon so those went away).
Legally, marijuana delivery is limited to the hours of 8:00am to 9:00pm. No matter how it’s purchased or delivered, all orders must be placed before 8:00pm to allow for delivery time. Recreational cannabis delivery is only permitted within the jurisdiction where the retailer is licensed to operate. If that’s Portland, for instance, then the retailer can’t deliver to customers who live outside the legal city limits, only to patients with valid medical cards—they really need it.
At the end of the business day, all cannabis-derived products containing THC have to be secured in a safe to prevent theft or tampering.
Making the Purchase
You can forget calling up a weed dealer and talking in code—in fact, you can forget talking on the phone at all! Most cannabis delivery takes place entirely online (but you are welcome to call us!). The retailer (or delivery service) sets up an online menu and storefront, allowing the customer to see pictures of what they want to buy, read product descriptions, and see what others have to say about it. Instead of having to wonder what the dealer will bring, customers can select precise ratios of THC and CBD, combined with the terpene profile they know they prefer. Some services even allow you to pay online, through a bank-to-bank payment processing system. While the default form of tender in the pot industry is still cash (by far,) more and more places are looking at contactless options that have better security for both parties.
When you input your address at checkout, the cannabis delivery service has to verify that you’re within the legal jurisdiction where they are licensed to operate. (Pro tip: a quick search in Apple or Google Maps will show the correct city for your legal address.) If you’re in bounds, your order goes to checkout and the hard part is over! Now all you have to do is kick back and wait for that sweet, sweet legal bud.
Making the Delivery
Of course, the hard part is just beginning for the retailer or delivery service. OLCC guidelines mandate that any one involved in cannabis delivery in Portland fill out a document that contains the delivery location(s) and the route between all destinations, insisting that there are no unnecessary stops. That means pulling up turn-by-turn directions from the retailer to your house and including them in the form, as well as the directions to any other deliveries on the way. It can take up to fifteen minutes per customer just to calculate and input these routes alone, and the retailer must also document:
- The date and time the order was received
- The delivery manifest
- The name and worker permit number of the person making the delivery
- The name of the person who received the delivery
- The items that were delivered including their weight, volume, and cost
- The date and time the order was delivered
- A signature of the person who received the order
Many businesses print out a form and add the date and time it was received when they ask you to sign it. Some companies are ahead of the game and process their paperwork digitally, allowing you to sign on the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Oregon has temporarily lifted the signature requirement while we all practice safe social distancing, but you still have to present your photo ID—it’s required to verify that you’re over 21.
If you selected “cash” as your method of payment, you can finally hand it over along with whatever you would like to tip your delivery person. Cash has always been pretty unsanitary though, and now that we’re all working to reduce the transmission of infectious disease, we’re starting to see some better alternatives. Now there are delivery services that can process credit and debit cards using a mobile terminal, including Pot Mates. Others let you pay entirely online, reducing the risk of exposing your credit card number and only requiring you to enter a special PIN (not your banking PIN) to complete checkout. You can still offer a tip, but you do it through text message.
You can learn more about Pot Mates response to Covid-19 here.
Making Cannabis Delivery Better
Weed exists in a totally different world now than it used to, and it keeps getting better. Legalization has made it easier to keep marijuana out of the hands of people who shouldn’t be using it, while making the purchase process easier, safer, and more secure than ever before. Now, instead of waiting all day for some dude to show up so you can give him cash, you know when to expect your delivery and the person who brings it is courteous, professional, and timely.
And this is just the beginning! Some companies—like Pot Mates cannabis delivery in Portland, Oregon—are really pushing the envelope on making cannabis delivery even better. They’re exploring new ways to do things that cut down on the time it takes to fill out all of that paperwork so they can get your order to you as fast as is safely possible. Instead of driving back and forth all day, they’re looking at how to make multiple deliveries more fuel-efficient to cut down on emissions and traffic. Pot Mates is also working on removing the city limit restriction on weed delivery so we can bring cannabis to you even if you are in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, or other outlying cities. If you want to join us and help remove the city limits contact us to find out how you can help.
One day, it will be so much safer and convenient than it is now that we’ll sit back with a joint and say hey,—remember how it used to be?