“Just giving the people what they love,” replied Dispensary 33 to a user on Twitter. This past weekend, Girl Scout Troop 25818 set up shop outside of the Chicago dispensary to cash in on the state of Illinois’ new legal marijuana laws.
“We have Girl Scout cookies!!” the dispensary tweeted. “And not just the cannabis kind. Support your local Girl Scouts with us.”
Reporting to you live at Dispensary 33. We have Girl Scout cookies!! And not just the cannabis kindSupport your local Girl Scouts with us (We have very limited flower for all you stoners. First come first serve. Come through while supply lasts) pic.twitter.com/zmXSfmwoFl— Dispensary 33 (@Dispensary33) February 9, 2020
Last month, Illinois started the year 2020 by becoming the 11th state in the country to legalize recreational cannabis for people 21 or older. The Girl Scouts sold a grand total of 230 boxes, said Troop Leader Melissa Soukup to the Chicago Tribune. According to general manager Paul Lee, Dispensary 33 serves an excess of 500 guests per operating day. Most customers visit the dispensary with cash in hand, which works well for the Scouts.
“It was a decent sale,” said Soukup, noting that the troop sold 450 boxes in a day outside of a Mariano’s last year.
“Our girls sell from everywhere — outside of movie theaters, grocery stores,” said Britney Bouie, public relations manager for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. “And now if they’re selling outside of legal and aboveboard dispensaries, that is A-OK.”
Bouie also said that as long as it’s in front of a legally owned and operated business, the Girl Scouts get to decide where they set up to sell cookies.
“It's really great to see these very entrepreneurial girls getting out there in the community,” Bouie added.
I bought 5 boxes from these awesome lil ladies! pic.twitter.com/Gk9tdOk538— Jessie Delao (@JessieDelao) February 11, 2020
“The response was incredibly positive,” said dispensary spokesperson Abigail Watkins. “People were so excited... our customers loved it, our staff loved it.” Watkins encourages “other troops to reach out and sell some cookies - I’m sure they’d have some good numbers.”
“The cookies they’re selling and our clientele, it’s a great match,” Abigail Watkins told location news organization Book Club Chicago. “As a former Girl Scout, I admire the hustle.”
Dispensary 33 tweeted that the Girl Scouts had already booked the space in front of the store to sell cookies through the duration of February.
Watkins mentioned that the dispensary sold out of its stock of its Girl Scout Cookies cannabis strain on the day the troop set up outside.
“Maybe that was because of the Girl Scouts,” Watkins said.