Girl Guide entrepreneurs got to pot in the United States with cookie sales
Customers of some medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States are discovering that they don't have to go far if they have a case of the munchies.
A few days after a teenager sold dozens of boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a San Francisco pot dispensary, eight-year-old Lexi Menees returned to TruMed Dispensary in Phoenix on Saturday for the same purpose.
The girl's mother, Heidi Carney, got the idea after the sales feat of 13-year-old San Francisco Girl Scout Danielle Lei went viral on social networks and news sites.
"For me, this isn't anything controversial," Carney said. "It's medication. It's no different than standing in front of a Walgreens or a CVS [pharmacies]."
Lexi and her parents came on Friday with between 100 and 150 boxes to sell. Her family said they sold more than 50.
"It's better than she would've gotten outside a grocery store," said Justin Menees, Lexi's father.
Susan de Queljoe, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, said selling in front of marijuana dispensaries was not something the organisation would encourage, but it was up to the parents.
"The girls' safety is our primary concern. So we give guidelines out to all the parents and hope that they will follow them," de Queljoe said.
Lauren Gooding, an oncology nurse who is the president of TruMed, runs the state-licensed marijuana dispensary facility with her father and brother. Gooding said Carney called her on Friday with the idea, and she was immediately on board.
Gooding also sent a text message to more than 2,000 customers about the cookie sale and threw in a tie-in deal: Patients who buy at least 14 grams of pot will have their pick of a free box of Thin Mints, Samoas or any of the other cookie choices.