Business-Savvy San Francisco Teen Danielle Lei Sells Girl Scout Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic
An enterprising teen from San Francisco and her mom have devised a savvy sales scheme, selling Girl Scout cookies outside a local medical marijuana dispensary.
Danielle Lei, 13, and her mother Carol set up shop outside The Green Cross dispensary in the city’s Excelsior neighborhood.
“They get very hungry after!” Lei told the East Bay Express.
Indeed, Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies to medical marijuana patients within two hours of setting up shop outside the clinic on President’s Day. They sold out their entire inventory within 45 minutes. Her mother told Mashable that’s 37 more boxes than she sold within a similar time period outside a local Safeway supermarket the following day.
The Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and other delectable cookie varieties were flying off Lei’s table as munchie-addled patients exited the popular clinic.
The Leis’ cookies aren’t to be confused with Girl Scout Cookies, an outstanding hybrid strain of medical cannabis actually sold inside the clinic.
Carol Lei said she isn’t making any political statement by selling the cookies outside pot clubs. Instead, the Glen Park resident wants her daughter to learn about different environments while earning cash. She said it teaches her about people from other walks of life and has made her less shy. Plus, mom says Danielle can learn about medical marijuana patients and dispel stigmas and myths about medical cannabis.
“They learn that they’re not drugged out,” Lei told the Express. “Many have serious needs, and are just different.”
She added that it’s also a good way to start a conversation about drug use, explaining to her daughter that while some of the clinic’s patients have serious medical needs, other customers just want to get stoned.
The Green Cross had no problem with the Leis selling cookies in front of its doors.
“It’s no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls,” Green Cross employee Holli Bert told Mashable. “It’s all about location, and what better place to sell Girl Scout cookies than outside a medical cannabis collective?”
A medical cannabis collective in what’s arguably the most pot-friendly city in America– even though the recreational use of the drug is still technically illegal in California.
Recreational weed is legal in Colorado. But the Girl Scouts of Colorado had a very different take on the Lei’s surefire sales-boosting scheme. Before this story broke, a Photoshopped image of Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of a pot shop went viral. Girl Scouts of Colorado was quick to call the photo a hoax, adding that “we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars.”
Girl Scouts of Northern California Director Dana Allen was decidedly more chillaxed about the whole affair.
“The mom decided this was a place she was comfortable with her daughter being at,” Allen told NBC Bay Area.
“We’re not telling people where they can and can’t go if it’s a legitimate business,” added Allen.
The site First to Know conducted an unscientific poll that found 89 percent of respondents have no problem with Girl Scouts selling cookies near marijuana shops.
The Leis will be back outside the Green Cross on Saturday. All proceeds will go towards paying Danielle’s Girl Scouts dues and supporting Scouting nationwide.