A Saturday ribbon cutting ceremony signified a new place in the mainstream business community for cannabis stores in Corvallis.
High Quality became the first cannabis store to join the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce Saturday and celebrated with staff at the Chamber during the ceremony in front of their new location at 1435 9th St.
Trevor Griesmeyer, budtender and community specialist at High Quality, said it’s a full-circle moment for him more than two years after an ill-fated attempt to get a different cannabis store, Beaver Bowls, in the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Griesmeyer said he’s excited to work toward breaking down the stigma surrounding cannabis stores.
“I have a dream of introducing the business community to the shop,” he said. “From a physical standpoint, coming in and actually seeing that it’s a clean and regulated and organized business that does provide a lot to the community through education about cannabis and what it has to offer — but also through the taxes that go to our community through the sales of our products.”
Griesmeyer said the mission of High Quality to make a positive impact on Corvallis and be involved in the community, something he said has long been a goal of his.
“I grew up here,” Griesmeyer said. “My parents were very involved with the community and it’s just something I’ve always been a part of.”