February 7, 2019

Caroline's Cannabis in Uxbridge will be state's first woman-owned, small business retail store

Caroline Frankel, owner of Caroline's Cannabis in Uxbridge

The first mom-and-pop cannabis store in Massachusetts was awarded a final license from the state Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday.

With the license in hand, Caroline's Cannabis in Uxbridge now hopes to open in the beginning of March.

Owner Caroline Frankel bills her company as a grassroots organization free of big business money. The company is the first woman-owned small business and the first general applicant to be awarded a final license.

"It's a totally passion-driven project for me," Frankel said. "I've been working on this for about six years on a full-time basis."

That effort includes a business degree from Johnson & Wales University and the now defunct Northeastern Institute of Cannabis.

The 10-employee store will be the first to sell cannabis in the Blackstone Valley.

Frankel applied for a license on June 1, the first day the application period opened.

The 640 Douglas St. store must wait several more weeks for final inspections before it gets the order to commence operations from the CCC.

The store will sell cannabis-related garden, home and store decor products in addition to cannabis products purchased from third-party providers.

In a press release, Frankel said the company will support programs to address those impacted by the War on Drugs in areas of Worcester. She plans to support the Worcester women's homeless shelter Abby's House.


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