What a fantastic business model.
Colorado Girl Scouts have made a U-turn on their decision to stop Girl Scouts from selling cookies outside of marijuana dispensaries.
Previous regulations meant that Scouts were only allowed to sell outside ‘family-oriented’ businesses but the rules have been updated for the 2018 season to include ‘adult-oriented’ businesses – like dispensaries, tattoo parlours and liquor stores/bars – under the same umbrella as all the others.
However, all proposals for sales at any site must be approved by Girl Scouts of Colorado.
‘[Potential cookie sale] sites are now all treated the same, and approval of those sites is contingent on whether they meet our guidelines and safety requirements,’ council spokesperson AnneMarie Harper told the Dever Post.
‘Safety is the biggest concern.’
She said that some local sites that have been approved include bars, coffee shops, a tattoo parlor, and a Lakewood marijuana dispensary.
If you’re not familiar with the American tradition of Girl Scout cookies – Girl Scouts in the US have been selling specially-branded boxes of biscuits to friends, family and total strangers since 1917, to raise money for the organisation.
The state of California – where recreational pot has been legal since the start of the year – is already on board with Girl Scouts selling their wares outside dispensaries.
Urban Leaf, a cannabis dispensary in San Diego, California, posted a pic of a Girl Scout on its Instagram, actively advertising the fact that she’s be there for all their customers’ munchies requirements.
Instagram user, the_reluctant_vegetarian commented: ‘Talk about knowing your audience! Love this smart business move’, while other users applauded the move as it keeps hangry ‘weed consumers’ from roaming the streets and eating people.
(They didn’t explicitly suggest that people on a cannabis high eat people, but that’s kind of what it sounds like.)
User 1980vflores said: ‘WTF! It’s only common sense to post outside a weed store. That little Girl Scout and her mother actually helped all those people who bought cookies because now they will have something on hand when they get the munchies after smoking that blunt.
‘They also helped the community by keeping those weed consumers off the street while under the influence trying to go out looking for something to snack on. Come on, if anything that Girl Scout deserves a Care Heart Patch.’
One Twitter user asked: ‘Where was this when I was selling cookies? Could have paid for the whole troop to go to camp for like 5 years!’
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Back in 2014, Girl Scout Danielle Lei was pictured selling baked goods outside a dispensary in San Francisco, California, and she was applauded by the Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNC).
‘Girls are selling cookies, and they and their parents pick out places where they can make good sales,’ said GSNC communications director Dana Allen.
‘The mum decided this was a place she was comfortable with her daughter being at. We’re not telling people where they can and can’t go if it’s a legitimate business.’
However, while Girl Scout leaders in Colorado and California seem pretty chill about selling cookies outside dispensaries, the rules don’t apply for the rest of the country, where each state makes its own rules.
We’re telling you, Girl Scouts are the future.