San Diego girl sold 312 Girl Scout cookie boxes outside pot shop. Did she break the rules?

A San Diego girl who sold more than 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies outside of a local marijuana dispensary over the weekend was the talk of the internet on Monday.

Many praised her sales strategy as genius. But selling Girl Scout cookies outside a pot shop raised eyebrows and questions as more states like California legalize recreational marijuana for sale and consumption.

The girl and her father, both who remained unidentified, told ABC 10 News that they sold 312 boxes over the span of a few hours for two days during the Super Bowl weekend. Travis Rice, a reporter for 10 News, posted video of the girl and her father with a cart full of cookie boxes outside the dispensary.

Word of the Girl Scout cookies sales outside Urbn Leaf, a recreational marijuana dispensary near Mission Bay, spread after the business posted a photo on Instagram.

 
Instagram: @urbnleafca San Diego Union-Tribune

When asked if Girl Scout cookies are allowed to be sold outside marijuana dispensaries, representatives for Girl Scouts San Diego said there are rules in place for cookie sales outside businesses.

Girl Scouts can set up booths to sell cookies outside a business only if they get the proper permit from the business owner and only if it is done between Feb. 9 and March 11, said Mary Doyle, the organization’s communications director. The dispensary is not an approved site for booth sales, she added.

“The walk-about or door-to-door sales rules are in place to protect Girl Scouts and their families from receiving citations for solicitation of cookies,” Doyle said in a statement.

The girl featured in the 10 News story was said to have been walking, accompanied by her adult father, with her rolling cart and stayed on the sidewalk — not posted at the door of the marijuana dispensary. Alison Bushan, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts San Diego, said this technically doesn’t break the rules but it falls in a gray area.

Girl Scouts are only allowed to sell cookies on these “walk-abouts” around neighborhoods, Bushan said. Urbn Leaf is in a commercial zone just off the I-5 freeway.

The story has drawn national attention in the similar way that another Girl Scout did when she sold more than 100 boxes outside of a marijuana dispensary in San Francisco in 2014. At the time, Dana Allen, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of Northern California, told the Los Angeles Times that the onus is on parents “to make wise decisions for their girls.”

Most people on social media praised the strategy as genius because, as the logic goes, people who consume marijuana are likely to get hungry, or “get the munchies.”

Others questioned whether the Girl Scouts of USA would want to have their fundraising efforts associated with a drug that, to date, the federal government still considers an illegal drug.

For parents of other Girl Scouts who want to follow the entrepreneurial footsteps of this girl, Girl Scouts San Diego said everyone should consult its guide to selling cookies and follow the rules.

What do you think — was this a genius idea to sell Girl Scout cookies or does this strategy seem questionable?


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UPDATES:

9:15 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details.

This article was originally published Monday, Feb. 5 at 1:55 p.m.

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