Whether it’s Thin Mints or Samoas, Girl Scout Cookies have become an annual tradition for a lot of people. Cookie season is generally between January and April and is meant to teach “skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life.” For many it has done just that and inspired the entrepreneurial spirit of these budding business women. For any smart business you have to understand your demographic and the past few years there have been a few smart cookies who understood location is key.
In 2014, Danielle Lei, a Girl Scout in California, and her mom set up outside The Green Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. Danielle sold 117 boxes of Dulce de Leches and Tagalong Girl Scout cookies in a two hour time span. The shop even helped out in Danielle’s efforts, posting a, “Most Interesting Man Alive” parody on its Facebook, that read “I don’t always buy Girl Scout Cookies, but when I do, I buy them from the genius outside The Green Cross pot dispensary.”
It’s no secret that marijuana increases the user’s appetite, so posting up outside The Green Cross was a smart move. After realizing the advantage she had selling her delectables outside a shop Danielle and her mom posted up once again in 2015. In just two hours on her first day she sold 208 boxes which was a great start to her goal of selling 1,000 boxes. No true entrepreneur can excel without proper growth objectives. Give Danielle your green when you pick up your green.
By 2016 the idea had caught on and a Portland Girl Scout decided to follow suit, complete with a sign that said “Satisfy Your Munchies” in purple marker. Hoping to sell 35 boxes to raise money for a summer trip to horse camp she exceeded that goal tremendously at 117 boxes in just under two hours, once again, with help from the shop itself.
The Facebook post for Foster Buds read, “The Girl Scouts are outside doing their thing selling those delicious cookies we all know and love.” To make the offer even harder to pass up customers who bought cookies from the sweet Girl Scout outside would get a discount on their GSC strain inside. “It seems like people are happy we’re here,” The Portland girl told KATU.
The Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington were not as pleased with the girls’ choice of location or their results. Even with the success of the sales and the light that was shone on how well these young ladies did, the organization said that although it is not against the rules, they do not condone them being at the marijuana dispensaries. Going on to tell KATU in a statement that, “If a minor cannot enter a premises unaccompanied, she should not sell Girl Scout Cookies in front of the premises.”
The group has been petitioning against the use of their trademark names and the names of their cookies by the cannabis community so it is safe to assume that cannabis is not supported. That does not mean that the families associated with The Girl Scouts do not support cannabis though. Carol, Danielle’s mother affirmed that she thought that it would be a good way to start a conversation about drugs and how some use marijuana as medicine while others opt to use cannabis recreationally.
Regardless of the lessons that can be learned from these experiences, both in leadership and the knowledge of medicinal and recreational use, we hope that these young women continue in their business endeavors, continue to breaking boundaries and continue making more than a few hungry stoners quite happy.