CREATED Feb. 20, 2014
A 13-year-old Girl Scout has set up shop selling cookies outside a California medical marijuana clinic and, not surprisingly, she’s moving quite a lot of sweets.
“Danielle Lei and her mom set out for a San Francisco medical marijuana clinic on Monday, armed with boxes of Tagalongs, Dulce de Leches and other cookie varieties she and other scouts sell annually,” reports Mashable
. “Any patients at The Green Cross [clinic] with the munchies didn't stand a chance. In two hours on President's Day, Danielle sold 117 boxes outside the clinic . . . According to her mother, Carol, that's 37 more boxes than what she sold during the same two-hour period outside a small Safeway the next day.”
Mom Carol says both of her middle-school-aged daughters have sold Girl Scout cookies outside of medical marijuana clinics before and, according to Mashable, she “figured this might be a good way to start a conversation about drugs and how some use marijuana as medicine while others just get high.
"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 . . . It also adds a little bit of cool factor. I can be a cool parent for a little bit."
The clinic is on board with the idea too. "It's no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls," Holli Bert, a staff member at The Green Cross, told Mashable in an e-mail.
The Girl Scouts of Northern California apparently also don't have a problem with the child selling cookies at such a business.
"Girls are selling cookies, and they and their parents pick out places where they can make good sales," Dana Allen, director of marketing and communications for Girl Scouts of Northern California, told Mashable. "The mom decided this was a place she was comfortable with her daughter being at." Later, she added, "We're not telling people where they can and can't go if it's a legitimate business."
Danielle Lei will return to the clinic to sell more cookies this weekend.