What do Girl Scout parents think?
I talked to a dozen parents of current Girl Scouts, from different states around the country (though none were from states where marijuana is actually legal). Surprisingly, six out of the 12 said they would be OK with the move if they lived in a state with legalized marijuana dispensaries. Three said they were unsure, and the remaining three gave a flat-out "no."
Here are some quotes, straight from the parents' mouth-holes:
"I think it's probably the smartest strategy I've ever heard of, I mean -- where else would people be more likely to buy cookies? It's kind of hilarious."
"I don't see anything wrong with this. It's legal. I'd be there the whole time like always. I can see people getting uptight about this, but... if you ask me if it's 'morally wrong,' I really don't think so. It's not any more wrong than selling outside of a store that sells cigarettes or beer, right?"
"This makes me kind of uneasy. I don't think I would want my daughter to get involved with this kind of strategy... not because I think it is wrong, necessarily, but I do think that the larger organization (of the Girl Scouts) wouldn't take too kindly to it."
"I don't know if this has been the case forever, but more recent iterations of cookie season has been used to encourage girls to get a feel for money management and entrepreneurship. A big part of that is knowing your audience and I have to say, those girls sure did -- munchies and cookies go together! So personally, I think it was really smart and is a great example of how the cookie program helps girls develop savvy business skills. And it's technically not even against the rules, so more power to them."
"I think it's funny, and a nice stunt -- but, I think it just propagates the cutthroat methods girls feel like they need to utilize today to get the upper hand. Frankly, I don't like my girl selling cookies, period. So, I can't really say I would be all for this."