Girl scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside cannabis dispensary (and why that matters)
You may have heard this story before, but it's Girl Scout cookie season yet again, and so here it is: After setting up shop outside of a cannabis dispensary in our hometown of San Diego (Urbn Leaf -- it's one of the nicer shops around), a Girl Scout was able to sell 300 boxes of cookies. The enterprising young girl and her father set up on Friday morning (with the blessing of the dispensary), and just cashed on in.
Girl Scouts technically says that the young ladies are not allowed to be outside of a dispensary, but nobody was hurt here -- she probably had a great time, and the nice folks coming by not only got to get their bud, but some peanut butter cookies, too. And while this is the kind of story that you might suggest actually makes stoners look bad (like we're all drooling over cookies all the time -- though who doesn't drool over Thin Mints, right?), we're here to suggest something else: that it makes us look good.
Why shouldn't a dispensary be a meeting point for the community? Why shouldn't a young girl be able to stand outside the shop and sell to friendly people coming by? Odds are good that if a young girl was hanging around outside of a liquor store, the community might not look so kindly on it, but a dispensary isn't a seedy or dirty place -- it's a place where people can come to get the medicine they need, or come to pick up some plant products for good clean fun.
Should the Girl Scouts be using these plant products? Definitely not -- studies have shown that using cannabis under the age of 25 can be damaging to the brain. And it's not like people are lighting up outside of the dispensary (or anywhere near it). So yeah, while some might say this kind of story perpetuates stoner stereotypes, we'd argue that it fights them.
Stoners are good members of the community -- the kind of folks who will happily make a little girl's day by picking up all of the cookies she has. Next time you're at a dispensary and there's a Girl Scout selling there, don't just buy a pack -- say hello, introduce yourself to the parents, and tell them that you appreciate their support of the community. Cannabis was prohibited for such a long time because people were afraid of using it and those who did, and why shouldn't we go out of our way to turn those expectations around, right? Sell on, Girl Scouts. Sell on!
Update: The Girl Scouts say they're not especially happy with this little girl, but they also don't know who she is and aren't likely to punish her. Officially, say the Scouts, girls aren't allowed to set up shop outside businesses not on an approved list (which sounds dumb to us). But the worst thing that would happen is that she might not be eligible for awards for these sales, if they're not considered "legit."
Bottom line: Let the girl sell cookies wherever she wants to.