Girl Scout cookie sales light up outside marijuana clinic

California girl's curbside business quickly lures hungry customers, but not everyone is on board with her choice of location.

By MSN Money staff Feb 21, 2014 2:25PM

Danielle Lei sells Girl Scout cookies outside of a cannabis clinic. Courtesy of The Green Cross via Facebook, Geoff Weiss, Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur on MSN MoneyThirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei has gainfully confirmed the age-old aphorism, "Location, location, location."

When the San Francisco tween set up a Girl Scout cookie stand outside of a marijuana clinic called The Green Cross earlier this week (pictured), sales were unsurprisingly blazing.

Talk about a sugar high: Munchie-ridden shoppers snapped up 117 boxes in a matter of hours, preferring the Dulce de Leche and Tagalong varieties, Mashable reports.

Lei's mother, Carol, said that while she doesn't condone smoking, the venue -- which she herself suggested -- serves to start a conversation with her daughters about the stigmas surrounding medical marijuana use.

Both The Green Cross and the local Girl Scouts organization were enthusiastically on board.

"Girls and their parents pick out places where they can make good sales," said Dana Allen, director of marketing and communications for Girl Scouts of Northern California. "We're not telling people where they can and can't go if it's a legitimate business."

"It's no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls," said Holli Bert, a staffer at The Green Cross.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado, on the other hand -- where limited recreational marijuana use was legalized just last month -- tweeted its staunch opposition to Lei's enterprise.

"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 said. "It is not something we advocate for our youth to be involved in."

Though Lei's idea has proven preternaturally astute, the Girl Scouts has its own method of helping hungry consumers track down the elusive treats -- which only go on sale once every year for a limited time. The organization has a Cookie Finder app for both iOS and Android devices that locates and lists nearby sellers.

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Hey she took the initiative and found a good place to sell.... Beats going door to door knocking....
Feb 21, 2014 3:57PM
The only reason some people think this is a bad idea is because they didn't come up with it first.
Feb 21, 2014 2:47PM
You might say business was ......smoking. :)
Feb 21, 2014 3:26PM
It is a great idea, the stoners eat munchies all the time, why not have the money go to a good cause.
Feb 21, 2014 4:04PM
It's called Capitalism people! A seller should market their goods at the best locations. She should get some kind of a Merit Badge for this excellent idea. I don't smoke weed anymore but had I been there I would have bought a couple of boxes to show support.  
Feb 21, 2014 4:04PM

Don't get mad at this little girl for using the law and common sense to her advantage.  These states let them vote on it , the smokers voted it in, and now getting a medical card for this is about as hard to do as counting to one.  It is a "legal business" that turned drug dealers into businessmen so don't fault her for taking advantage of a sure thing.   


This girl just added 1 + 1 and came up with 2 as the answer. 

High people with the munches + Cookies for sale right in front of them = Her quota of cookies sold in no time.  She is going to be a success in life just by being able to spot a can't miss business opportunity in places that others overlook.  GREAT STRATEGY YOUNG LADY.  lmbao

Feb 21, 2014 4:06PM
Feb 21, 2014 2:51PM

Sounds as if the "Girl Scouts of Colorado" have been doing too much inside the weed and booze joints, to have a clear idea of what to do outside their doors!


Whatever the "Girl Scouts of Colorado" is thinking, it's pretty much confused. You want to peddle your wares where the most legal moola will be garnered. Some think that's in front of Wal-Mart. Others put their girls' money on the church, the temple, the mosque, or synagogue.


But the really bright, entrepreneurial moms and daughters are ringing up the munchie bucks in front of the MaryJane and Kickapoo Joy Juice parlors. Just for their chutzpah they get my business. You go girls!

Feb 21, 2014 4:04PM
Somewhere,Cheech and Chong are smiling.
Feb 21, 2014 4:16PM
LOL!!!  Great location choice -- she's a smart Girl Scout!  Give her props and don't tear her down!
Feb 21, 2014 4:00PM
Excuse me but I thought that certain people believe in t he Free Market place.  This smart girl is taking advantage of a good location.  And in business it is about Location,location,location and knowing your customers.

Sins have always been good money makers. If you are wondering what are the Sins, well it's like porn, you know it when ya see it.

Feb 21, 2014 4:06PM
Feb 21, 2014 4:08PM
I think she's a marketing genius. Folks wanta believe they can get high on Lemon Drop or Snicker Doodles, so be it.
Feb 21, 2014 4:06PM
Good for her for showing the initiative to find a place that would maximize her sales!  It's supply & demand......have you seen what they have to sell to get the cool prizes....most girls won't achieve that.  My 9 year old busted her but and sold 225 boxes this year.....I was with her every step of the way too.  I'm sure her parents were close by.
Feb 21, 2014 4:11PM

That is just good marketing, good for her!

Feb 21, 2014 4:11PM
Feb 21, 2014 4:05PM
Maybe if the person in charge of the cookie program took a cut in pay less cookies would need to be sold.
Feb 21, 2014 4:12PM

weed always makes me horney first, and then hungry.


but i can't believe it's been totally legalized.


it's going to be interesting to see what happens with this.

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