Girl Scout sells cookies in front of pot shop, sales light up

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(CNN) — Pot and Girl Scout cookies. What sounds like the punchline to a joke was a business plan for 13-year-old Danielle Lei. She parked her Thin Mints and Tagalongs outside San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary, The Green Cross.

Sales lit up. The dispensary says she burned through 117 boxes in just two hours.

“Cannabis is an appetite stimulant,” said Holli Bert, The Green Cross. “As you’re inside with the medical cannabis, you leave the store front, see the Girl Scout cookies (and think) ‘What a great idea. Support! Eat.’ Makes sense for everyone. This girl is smart, biz savvy, monopolizing marking, taking advantage in a great way.”

The young teen has become an Internet darling. The Daily Mail called her “one smart cookie,” while Slate declared her the “smartest kid ever.” As Yahoo points out, her sales are “blazing.”

The dispensary, which already sells a strain called Girl Scout Cookies, calls the partnership a classic community effort – a local business supporting a storied American institution.

The idea may fly in California, but ironically not so much in colorado where recreational marijuana is legal. The Colorado Girl Scout Council tweeted about marijuana dispensaries, “We don’t feel they are an appropriate place for girls to be selling cookies.”

But the headquarters, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has a different take, saying “the Girl Scout cookie program is girl-run. Local councils… make all decisions on how the cookie program is run.”

What’s important is what they don’t say: The national headquarters is not condemning the partnership. If the Girl Scouts are on board, say marijuana advocates, the stigma must be going up in smoke.

“This is a hot topic around the country,” said Bert. “Being more open minded, open to medical cannabis, it reflects the views of the country and how we’re moving forward.”

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