A Chicago Girl Scouts troops sold 230 of boxes of their famous cookies over 4 hours outside of one of the city’s cannabis dispensaries over the weekend, Fox News reports. Melissa Soukoup, a leader of the Brownie Girl Scout troop, said that many businesses were already reserved for cookie sales by competing troops and that the troop is “always looking for opportunities, [and] places that have walking traffic.”
“I was looking for places that weren’t taken, and I thought of this,” she said.
The Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of Dispensary33 had the support of the business, who tweeted about the sale. Abigail Watkins, marketing and outreach manager for the dispensary and a former Girl Scout, said the products are a “great match” for the dispensary’s clientele.
Britney Bouie, a local Girl Scouts spokeswoman, told Fox News that the troop was given permission to set up in front of the dispensary.
“We’re just really happy these girls are having an entrepreneurial experience and are getting the cookies in front of the customer.” – Bouie, to Fox News
In 2018, the Girls Scouts of Colorado updated their policies to allow cookie sales at “adult-oriented businesses.” That change was prompted by a California Girl Scout troop which sold more than 300 boxes of cookies in six hours outside of a San Diego dispensary. Following the California sales controversy and the decision by the Colorado council, Girls Scouts of the USA said that “local councils and leaders are best situated to set safety parameters in keeping with the well-being of girls engaging in the cookie sale in their communities.”
According to the report, Dispensary33 has booked the troop to continue selling cookies in front of the dispensary through the rest of the month.
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