California: Girl Scout Quickly Sells Out Of Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary
By Steve Elliott
Location, location, location. Girl Scout Danielle Lei picked her location well when she set up a stand to sell Girl Scout Cookies outside the Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. Hungry patients bought all the cookies Lei had in just 45 minutes.
Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies in just two hours, reports Mashable. The profits from the cookie sales will go to charitable organizations, including several benefiting Alzheimer's research.
Danielle's mom, Carol Lei, said she believes the entrepreneurial experience is a good way to start a conversation with her daughter about different kinds of drug use. "You put it in terms that they may understand," Carol said. "I'm not condoning it; I'm not saying go out in the streets and take marijuana."
Carol said she thought this would be a good way for her daughter to learn that some people use marijuana as medicine, while others just get high, reports NPR. "They learn that they're not drugged out," Lei said. "Many have serious needs, and are just a little different."
The Green Cross had no problem with Lei's cookie stand; staff members bought boxes and kept their patients updated through the dispensary's Facebook page.
"It's no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls," said Holli Bert, a staff member at The Green Cross. “It’s all about location, and what better place to sell Girl Scout cookies than outside a medical cannabis collective?”
"But it wasn't just patients," Bert said, reports My Fox 8. "Staff members and neighbors also bought the cookies. I personally bought five boxes."
The Girl Scouts of Northern California approved, as well. Dana Allen, the group's director of marketing and communications, said that as long as the location is a legitimate business, it's up to parents to choose.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado weren't so mellow about the sales tactic.
"If you are wondering, we don't allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor bars," reads one persnickety tweet from the group's official Twitter account.
If you are wondering, we don't allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars.
— Girl Scouts of Colo. (@GSColo) February 12, 2014
Photo of Danielle Lei selling cookies: The Green Cross