Local Girl Scouts sell cookies outside medical marijuana dispensary


UPDATE at 10:42 p.m. on Feb. 27:

The communications director for the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, identified as Carol Ann Short, emailed KRQE News 13 saying that selling outside medical marijuana dispensaries is against scout rules.

Short points to the 2016 Troop manual, which includes the following provision:

Booth locations are NEVER allowed at liquor stores, smoke shops, or medical dispensaries

Short says the girls won’t be punished, but that they “will talk to the adults in charge, letting them know that this is wrong and why.”

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two local Girl Scouts set up shop at a unique location in Albuquerque on Saturday.

It’s that time of year — Girl Scout cookie season. The young ladies are back at it, enticing cookie-craving customers to hand over a few bucks a box.

Abby Sargent, a Junior Girl Scout, and Mary Jane Temer, a Brownie, sold their cookies outside Ultra Health, a medical marijuana dispensary on Menaul, on Saturday afternoon.

“You do have the stereotype that comes with Cannabis, and the munchies is one of them, so it kind of went hand in hand to have them out here,” Ultra Health Manager James Gambling said.

Ultra Health invited the scouts out, and has offered to donate $1 for every box the girls sold that day.

“Shows the community that we do more than just deal with medical patients, we’re also involved in the community,” Gambling explained.

KRQE News 13 asked Mary Jane’s father, who is friends with someone who works at the dispensary, about her name, given the situation.

“Well it is very ironic that she has the same name, but she was named after Spider-man’s girlfriend,” dad Phil Temer said.

The young, innocent girls didn’t appear to understand the irony. They were just happy with their booming business, with customers routinely pulling in to buy some Thin Mints, Samoas and more. About half of the customers also popped into Ultra Health.

Temer said he sees nothing wrong with the girls setting up shop here, and that they will likely come back if the good business keeps up.

“Everybody’s been happy to buy cookies and they’ve given them lots of smiles,” Temer said.

The young girls sold more than 60 boxes Saturday afternoon. The money donated by the dispensary will go toward a charity of the girls’ choice.

It’s not the first time a Girl Scout has chosen the unique location of a medical marijuana dispensary or pot shop to sell cookies. Most recently it happened in Oregon.

In that case, the Girl Scouts organization said that it wasn’t recommended to sell outside pot shops or dispensaries.

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