On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, a business-minded Girl Scout sells cookies outside a marijuana dispensary in San Francisco setting a personal record of 117 boxes of cookies sold in a two-hour period. But, is it appropriate for young girls to set up shop outside a pot clinic like the Green Cross Dispensary? Find out what other Girl Scout moms think about mixing medical marijuana and Girl Scout cookie sales and then let us know what YOU think!

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"As long as there is adult supervision, it should be a safe sale. She made a killing, so as long as it's a legal business, I see nothing wrong with it," said former Girl Scout leader Sheri C. of California.

The story of the San Francisco Girl Scout Danielle Lei went viral last week when her Girl Scout cookies sold at a record pace outside of The Green Cross' Mission District medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. And, it's no surprise that other Girl Scouts, like 8-year-old Lexi Menees, soon followed suit selling her Girl Scout cookies outside the TruMed Dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona, that weekend. While the country's states are still divided on legalized medical marijuana dispensaries, for many families, including mine, marijuana still carries an illegal stigma. Although I'm willing to admit that the cookie stand was an ingenious business move, I can't shake the overwhelming, unsettled feeling about it. But, many are applauding the girls' high sales, including former Girl Scout leader Sheri C. of California. "As long as there is adult supervision, it should be a safe sale. She made a killing, so as long as it's a legal business, I see nothing wrong with it."

Underhanded motives?

For Danielle Lei, the attention may be new, but the 13-year-old is no stranger to reaping the benefits of the marijuana munchies. The president of The Green Cross dispensary, Kevin Reed, reported to The Salt Lake Tribune that Lei sold Girl Scout cookies outside of other pot facilities during the last two years. Apparently, Lei's mother is a secretary for a city task force on medical cannabis whom he stated approached him with the goal of breaking down the barriers around medical marijuana. For me, that hidden agenda sends up red flags. What kind of message is her mother really trying to send? "I am disturbed that this girl's parents think selling Girl Scout cookies outside a medicinal marijuana dispensary is OK," says Michelle Phillips, Junior Girl Scout co-leader. "I get why so many people think it's a great idea as they can 'cash in' where there would be good cookie sales, but you need to think about your morals and values. And for me my morals and values don't include putting my daughter in front of a store that sells 'drugs!'"

I get why so many people think it's a great idea as they can 'cash in' where they would be good cookie sales, but you need to think about your morals and values. And for me my morals and values don't include putting my daughter in front of a store that sells 'drugs!'

Inappropriate vessel for marijuana awareness

Regardless of my stance on prescription use of medical marijuana, so long as the green drug remains illegal in any state I believe that we should not be planting the idea that the collaboration between marijuana and Girl Scouts is OK. In a world where our children are exposed to illegal drug use simply by showing up for school, the mixed message can be confusing. There are plenty of appropriate places to sell Girl Scout cookies without forcing these kiddos to grow up faster than they need to, and the Girl Scouts of Colorado agrees. In a three-part tweet by the state's council on Feb. 21, 2014, "Consistent with our policy for many years now, @GSColo doesn't allow girls to sell cookies outside of any adult-oriented business... this includes bars, strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores or marijuana dispensaries. We recognize these are legitimate businesses, but we don't feel they are an appropriate place for girls to be selling cookies in Colo."

While the discussion about the Girl Scout selling cookies outside marijuana dispensary in San Francisco will buzz around the internet for years to come, I'm confident that marijuana-laced brownies won't be joining the Girl Scout cookie lineup. And, while arguments likening medical marijuana dispensaries to pharmacies won't get me off my soap box, I simply won't be letting my daughter sell cookies outside any adult business, medically-related or otherwise, even when the end results profit a good organization like the Girl Scouts.

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