In what should be viewed as a victory for capitalism, a Girl Scout set up shop outside a San Diego dispensary, selling 300 boxes of cookies in just six hours.
The legalization of California’s marijuana industry and start of Girl Scout cookie sales have created an opportune moment for at least one San Diego girl.
A photo posted on Instagram by San Diego marijuana dispensary Urbn Leaf showed a Girl Scout with an armful of cookies in front of a Mission Bay storefront.
“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with – shopping is more fun with friends anyways,” the company wrote. “GSC” refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies.
Their reporter tweeted a video as well:
— Travis Rice (@10NewsTravis) February 3, 2018
Because of course we can’t all just enjoy how great an idea that is, there’s some weird handwringing about whether or not the sales should be allowed, given they took place outside a (GASP) dispensary.
Girl Scouts of America Colorado was prompted to issue a statement in 2014 after a scout reportedly sold more than 100 boxes of cookies in two hours outside a San Francisco dispensary.
“If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars,” the organization’s Colorado branch tweeted.
However, Kelly Parisi, chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA, told the LA Times that each region makes “all decisions on how the cookie program is run. As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve.”
They were eventually deemed in the clear. Bizarrely, the biggest editorializing comes from KGTV’s video report itself: “It’s either bad parenting or genius marketing, depending on how you feel about the green stuff.” Where is this coming from? Having spent all of one year living in Denver, the idea of marijuana being any sort of moral hazard or exotic, dangerous material just feels hopelessly dated.
In fact, there’s probably an entire paper to be written about whether a boy would have faced similar criticism in the face of ingenious entrepreneurship. Probably not! Dispensaries are legal in California. Their customers are more likely to want cookies, for obvious reasons. Ergo, sales. There’s nothing morally wrong with using marijuana, just like there’s nothing morally wrong with drinking, or smoking tobacco. Is it the healthiest way to live? Arguably not. (Though marijuana can certainly help some people with medical issues.)
But all of those things, when handled responsibly, are fine. If it matters, I don’t smoke and rarely drink, and my one weed experience was an edible a marijuana-business pioneer friend of mine gave me when she visited Denver for market research. I just slept a lot. So I’m not a personal advocate here, I’m just tired of the narrative.
Just let the Girl Scouts sell her cookies to dispensary customers. There are no victims here, aside from the regular crowd we should have started ignoring a long time ago.