Frankel applied only for a retail license. She plans to buy her products wholesale from other cultivators and product manufacturers.
Frankel said she is planning a “country-inspired cannabis boutique store” that offers fine cannabis and cannabis products.
Frankel’s website advertises cannabis-related home and garden décor, signs made with scrap wood and reclaimed cannabis stalks. They include signs denoting a “medicinal garden” and another reading “cannapreneur.”
Frankel said she got her start in the cannabis-related décor business, and now plans to expand to other cannabis products.
It generally takes several weeks for a store to open after a final license is granted, and the store must undergo final inspections. Frankel said she hopes to open the first week in March. The store will be at 640 Douglas St. in Uxbridge.
Frankel, who calls herself a stay-at-home mom, said she has pursued building the business full time for the last six years. She is self-funded.
She said she hopes that her accomplishment as the first general applicant, not tied to a medical marijuana dispensary, and the first woman-owned business to get a license, can begin to “promote real change” in the makeup of the industry.
Of 278 complete applications that have been submitted to the Cannabis Control Commission so far, only eight came from businesses that identified themselves as women-owned. Another 16 fit two or more “disadvantaged business” categories, which can include businesses owned by women, veterans, minorities and others.
Chairman Steven Hoffman said the Cannabis Control Commission is committed to establishing a diverse industry.