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Ovation: Danielle Lei Cleverly Courts Cannabis Clinic Cookie Customers.


untitledNobody has tried to sell me any Girl Scout cookies this year.  I usually buy a few boxes from the boss’s daughter because I figure it kills two birds with one stone … it gets me brownie points with the boss and it gets me cookies.  I’m a sucker for Thin Mints.  Maybe it’s still too early in the season or perhaps the cold weather has kept the scouts indoors, but I have yet to see a table set up outside of a grocery store or pharmacy anywhere in town.

Thirteen-year-old Danielle Lei of San Francisco, California, might be the smartest cookie salesperson that I’ve ever learned of.  She and her mother set up shop outside The Green Cross, a medical marijuana clinic, last Monday and sold one hundred seventeen boxes of Dulce de Leches and Tagalongs in two hours.  According to her mother, Carol, that’s almost forty boxes more than she sold during the same two-hour period outside a Safeway the next day.

Girl-Scouts-at-TGC-3Over the years, Carol has helped her two daughters sell cookies at various places around the city so they can learn about different environments and thought this might be a good way to start a conversation with her daughter about drugs and how some people use marijuana as medicine while others just get high.  So, after calling to ask permission to sell cookies outside the clinic, The Green Cross welcomed Danielle and the clinic’s employees even bought plenty of cookies themselves.

“It’s no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls.  It’s all about location, and what better place to sell Girl Scout cookies than outside a medical cannabis collective?” – Holli Bert of The Green Cross via email.

The Girl Scouts of Northern California are supportive of Carol’s decision to allow her children to sell cookies in front of a cannabis clinic or anywhere else that she or other parents think their girls can make good sales.  They don’t tell scouting parents where they can and cannot allow their children to sell cookies.  They leave the decision to the parents good judgement.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado, on the other hand, have a different opinion even though recreational marijuana is now legal in small quantities throughout the state.


Maybe I’ll have a chance to buy some Thin Mints this weekend.  Customers at The Green Cross will be able to satisfy their cookie cravings once again since the clinic has welcomed Danielle back for a couple hours on Saturday afternoon.  I hope she brings even more cookies, and some helpers, because I think she’s on to something.  All the money she makes, of course, goes toward paying her dues and supporting the Girl Scouts organization worldwide … even the girls in Colorado.

What do you think?  Is it ok for Girl Scouts to sell cookies outside of medical marijuana clinics?


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  1. Their money is the same as everyone else’s. I think that Colorado’s policy might stem from safety reasons.


  2. Smart, precocious young lady.


  3. thedogs'mother permalink

    Here, in WA state, where we have passed new marijuana laws, we have yet to get our ducks in a row. Since it was an initiative the state and various towns and counties are trying to figure out how to make the initiative work. So no marijuana for sale and no girls scouts who can clean up. (Have not seen them outside our ALB yet either.)


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