Girl Scout cookies have been a mainstay in front of grocery stores for generations, but one young girl scout took things in an entirely different direction recently when she decided to set up shop in front of Urbn Leaf, a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego.
The website Mashable tells the story of an unnamed girl scout who moved over 300 boxes in about six hours in front of the shop, while also drumming up tons of publicity for the company —and additional girl scouts cookie sellers, who descended upon the store to stake out spots the following weekend.
“I think our customers loved it,” said Savannah Rakofsky, a representative for Urbn Leaf. “They went out and bought boxes.”
“The funny thing is, after the news story ran, we had more Girl Scouts show up over the weekend,” she added.
According to the article, Girl Scouts are only allowed to sell at “approved sites,” and pot shops are not listed among them. But the unnamed scout got around the rules by selling her cookies from her wagon and moving up and down the sidewalk instead of staying in front of the store.
Rafolsky added that the dispensary would be “totally open to” allowing Girl Scouts to sell cookies outside of their storefront, but added that the ultimate decision lies on whether the Girl Scouts would allow it or not.
First Non-GMO Girl Scout Cookie Available for Upcoming National Weekend
There was no word on what type of cookies were sold, but the good news for Girl Scout Cookie lovers is that the organization now offers a non-GMO variety, the S’Mores sandwich cookie, which came after many months of petitioning by longtime girl scout Alicia Serratos.
The new non-GMO cookie was made with support from the company Little Brownie Bakers, which helped make the dream of the first non-GMO Girl Scout cookie (since GMOs were introduced in the mid-90s, anyway) a reality by selecting the ingredients and starting production.
The Facebook page Remove GMOs From Girl Scouts Cookies tweeted the following message of congratulations in November 2016 when the news was first announced:
HUGE NEWS!!!! Girl Scout Cookies Samoas® Cookies is introducing it’s first NON-GMO Verified cookie THIS YEAR!!!!!
Thank you Girl Scouts and Little Brownie Bakers!
Serratos’ hope is that all Girl Scouts cookies will go non-GMO according to her famous petition, but her ambitious plans have still not been fulfilled by the Girl Scouts, aside from the aforementioned S’Mores cookie.
What to Know Before Buying Girl Scouts Cookies
Despite the success of the first non-GMO cookie, it’s still important to make sure you’re aware of what you’re buying when it comes to Girl Scouts Cookies, especially this weekend, which is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.
Little Brownie Bakers includes ingredient lists for their cookies on their website, and it seems as if the company is at least transparent and conscious about what’s being used (with labels like “vegan,” “no high fructose corn syrup” and others; full ingredients list for classics like Thin Mints are available online, click here to view). They don’t mention anything about glyphosate levels however, which are to be expected to be present a non-organic product.
The company also voluntarily labels its cookie boxes with statements that read “produced with genetic engineering,” in stark contrast to the millions of food items that still aren’t labeled in the United States.
Little Brownie Bakers offers the following statements about GMOs on its website:
At the current time, there are genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) in some Girl Scout Cookies. For the Girl Scout cookie consumers who prefer an alternative, our Girl Scout S’mores™ sandwich cookies are made with made with verified non-GMO ingredients. In response to the changing desires of cookie customers, our Girl Scout S’mores™ are made with natural flavors, no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and made with verified non-GMO ingredients.
Unfortunately, they seem to offer their condonement of the “official” statement on GMO safety that countless independent scientists reject.
It is important to note that there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from genetically modified agricultural crops. The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association all share this assessment. In addition, in the future, GMOs may offer a way to help feed an ever-increasing world population.
At the end of the day, it’s up to the consumer decide whether Girl Scout cookies are worth it from a health standpoint, but the best thing you can do as a consumer is educate yourself — whether your next purchase comes through a friend’s daughter, in front of a grocery store, or even in front of a marijuana dispensary in line with hungry cannabis users.
Image via Urbn Leaf’s Instagram page.