One 13-year-old California Girl Scout took the organization's pledge to the entrepreneurial level this week: She was fully prepared to take advantage of a gold mine sales opportunity, so she set up shop outside a San Francisco pot dispensary and commenced to selling Girl Scout cookies. Two hours later, she'd sold a whopping 117 boxes.
You know what they say: Location, location, location...
Danielle Lei, a Girl Scout in the Northern California region of the organization, made the decision with her mother, Carol, Yahoo News reported Feb. 21. Then, with the blessing of the Green Cross (the name of the medical marijuana dispensary), she set up outside the store, offering her wares -- Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, and Samoas -- to passersby.
According to Green Cross manager Holli Bert, Danielle had to call to get more cookies delivered after her first 45 minutes in front of the pot dispensary.
Carol Lei said it's the second time she's supervised her daughters while they sold cookies in front of the Green Cross pot dispensary.
Again… genius, right?
Still, it wasn't just pot smokers going in and out of the Green Cross that were buying cookies for the inevitable munchies craving. Employees of the store bought several boxes as well -- because who can resist good cookies for a good cause?
There are some who find the entrepreneurial decision quite inappropriate, though. And in another western state that allows the selling of medical marijuana, the Girl Scouts of Colorado organization felt the need to clarify its position, posting to Twitter: "Consistent with our policy for many years now, @GSColo doesn’t allow girls to sell cookies outside of any adult-oriented business…"
And: "...this includes bars, strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores or marijuana dispensaries."
On the national level, Kelly Parisi, chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA, said in a statement (per the Los Angeles Times) that each region of Girl Scouts has its own guidelines.
"All the money stays in local councils," she said, "and they make all decisions on how the cookie program is run. 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."
As for California, or at least the Girl Scouts of Northern California (Lei's region), Director of Marketing and Communications Dana Allen said, “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. 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.”
Oddly enough, the Green Cross pot dispensary sells a brand of medical marijuana called "Girl Scout Cookie." According to the website Leafly, that particular strain was designed by Berner, a San Francisco native and rapper by trade.
To be fair, Girl Scout cookies sell just about everywhere. But, as Yahoo News pointed out, Danielle Lei also set up shop outside of a Safeway grocery store. She still sold a very respectable 80 boxes of cookies in 2 hours.
Still, almost half again as many boxes were sold outside the medical marijuana store. Can a perceived future munchies attack account for the added demand? Or were there just more people, more traffic, more customers?
Regardless, not everyone sees the making of a few bucks off of hungry potheads as a bad thing. On the Green Cross Facebook page, there's even a play on the famous Dos Equis beer commercials and "the most interesting man in the world," who is captioned in one post saying, "I don’t always buy Girl Scout Cookies But when I do, I buy them from the genius outside the Green Cross pot dispensary.”
See, even the most interesting man in the world thinks the location of the Girl Scout Cookies enterprise headed by Danielle Lei (and supervised by her mother) was a stroke of genius.
Sometimes, it is all about location. Oh. And heading off an attack of the munchies...