Let Girl Scouts Sell Cookies Outside Weed Stores, You Squares

A girl in San Diego sold about $1,500-worth of cookies in a single afternoon, but was her ingenious move against the rules?
February 6, 2018, 7:20pm
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Weed is officially legal in California as of this year, and everyone from Mike Tyson to the Girl Scouts are getting in on the action. Last weekend, an intrepid young Scout on a mission to move cookies posted up outside of a cannabis shop in San Diego to sling Samoas, and sling she did—according to the girl's father, she wound up selling more than 300 boxes in just six hours, ABC 10 reports.

Seeing as how a box of Girl Scout cookies runs upwards of $5 these days, the girl wound up making roughly $1,500 over the course of the afternoon, about $250 an hour. It's unclear how much money Scouts usually make peddling cookies on average, but it seems like this ingenious girl's plan to cash in on the green rush worked out a little better than going door to door.


The dispensary, Urbn Leaf, posted an Instagram photo of the Girl Scout on Saturday, telling its followers to "Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today." News of the girl's sales quickly spread around the internet, with people praising her brilliance and business savvy.

"I think our customers loved it," Urbn Leaf's Savannah Rakofsky told Mashable. "They went out and bought boxes."

Unfortunately, not everyone was so excited about the haul. The Girl Scouts of San Diego told the San Diego Union-Tribune that it's against the rules for a Girl Scout to set up shop outside a store without a permit, and Urbn Leaf isn't an "approved site for booth sales." But since the girl was reportedly mobile, pulling a wagon full of cookies up and down the sidewalk, not technically on the dispensary's property, and accompanied by a parent, she wasn't expressly breaking the rules—though Girl Scouts San Diego spokeswoman Alison Bushan called it a "gray area."

Apparently, the rules about whether Scouts are allowed to take advantage of legal weed stores varies by state, much like the rules about legal weed itself. Back in 2014, the Girl Scouts of Colorado issued a statement making it clear that it doesn't allow "Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars," but when a girl tried the same move in Oregon, her local troupe gave her a pass.

But really, come on. High people want cookies, Girl Scouts have cookies to sell—this is the beauty of capitalism in action or whatever, right? The Girl Scouts of America should probably get its shit together and make a final decision on whether or not it's chill to sell Thin Mints in front of dispensaries, but until it does, it looks like more Scouts will be cashing in on the munchies.

"The funny thing is, after the news story ran, we had more Girl Scouts show up over the weekend," Rakofsky told Mashable.

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