By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
UXBRIDGE – The state Cannabis Control Commission has approved a final retail license for Caroline’s Cannabis, LLC, one of six marijuana businesses that have signed community host agreements with the Town of Uxbridge.
Business owner Caroline Frankel, whose license was approved by the commission last Thursday, says she hopes to open her cannabis boutique store at 640 Douglas St. next month pending final inspections. Employing approximately 10 people, it will be the first mom-and-pop cannabis retail shop in the Blackstone Valley.
Caroline’s Cannabis describes itself as a woman-owned “country-inspired cannabis boutique store” that offers fine cannabis and cannabis products, including unique handcrafted cannabis inspired home, business and garden décor made with reclaimed wood, barn wood, scrap wood, free wood and salvaged cannabis stalks.
“Caroline’s Cannabis is a passion-driven business dedicated to spreading the ‘kind’ words of cannabis in an artistic, beautiful and creative way,” Frankel said in a press release.
Frankels’ host community agreement with the town calls for a community impact fee that equals 3 percent of sales revenue, on top of a 3 percent local sales tax and additional state taxes.
Frankel says she plans to institute a direct giving program that will target donations and sponsorships to advocacy groups, economic empowerment non-profits, and local charities in Worcester County, including the Worcester women’s homeless shelter Abby’s House. She says she will also establish a hiring preference for employees and contractors that reside in the area.
The town also has retail agreements with Grass Appeal and Gibby’s Garden; Blackstone Valley Naturals LLC, which is looking operate a cultivation and manufacturing facility at 660 Douglas St.; and Baked Bean LLC, which is looking to set up a marijuana processing and transportation establishment at 504 Quaker Highway.