It’s that time of year again. Girl Scouts across America are out peddling their delicious cookies in droves. For years cookie lovers have been able to find these ambitious scouts with tidy little tables strategically set up in the entrances of grocery and convenience stores. Interestingly, one 13-year-old Girl Scout in San Francisco and her mother decided not to follow that sales strategy. Instead, they made a rather business-savvy decision to sell cookies outside of a medical marijuana dispensary.
In popular folklore, “marijuana and the munchies” are thought to go hand in hand. If it is indeed a chemical and biological fact that weed stimulates the appetite, what better place to sell cookies than outside of a place that dispenses medical marijuana? Apparently, having made the humorous connection, Danielle Lei and her mother decided to do just that. The pair set up shop outside the Green Cross store with the cookies. They were given the store’s blessing, which allowed Lei to sell 117 boxes in two hours. Holli Bert, a spokeswoman for the Green Cross, said that after just 45 minutes, Lei had to call for backup cookies to replenish her stock.
According to Kelly Parisi, chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA, each region of Girl Scouts has its own guidelines, reported The Los Angeles Times. “All the money stays in local councils, and they make all decisions on how the cookie program is run,” said Parisi in a statement. “As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve. Volunteers and parents are empowered to relocate their booths if conditions change and the location is no longer suitable.”
“To date, we have not attempted to list either “permitted” or “prohibited” locations and have relied on parents and volunteers to make wise decisions for their girls,” said Dana Allen, Director of Marketing and Communications of the Girls Scouts of Northern California, the region Lei belongs to. “As always, we evaluate our policies and procedures at the end of each cookie sale and will consider whether further guidelines will be beneficial regarding booth site selection.”
The Girl Scouts of Colorado issued a tweet expressing their disapproval of the situation. “If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars” read the tweet.
The Green Cross, which also sells a variety of marijuana named Girl Scout Cookie, has posted numerous items on its Facebook page referencing Lei, with one comical post featuring the Dos Equis beer “most interesting man in the world.”
“I don’t always buy Girl Scout cookies, but when I do, I buy them from the genius outside The Green Cross pot dispensary,” reads the post.