An Edmonton Girl Guide is about to earn her capitalist badge after selling her entire supply of Girl Guide cookies on the first day of legal cannabis sales in Canada.
The usual way to sell girl scout cookies is to go door to door and rely on adorable charm to get people to buy. It’s a good system, but it doesn’t always work and it’s quite labor intensive. It’d be a lot easier if there were some way to find people desperate to buy cookies in one centralized location.
And on October 17th, 2018, there were many desperate people with the munchies in Canada.
Why? That’s the day Canada legalized recreational marijuana. It is now legal in Canada for any citizen to own and use cannabis for recreational purposes.
However, demand for weed is strong while the supply of marijuana stores is weak. There are only 12 cannabis stores in Edmonton, with lineups running around the block as eager potheads gathered to get their first taste of legal weed.
That gave one Girl Guide an idea. Or rather, gave her father an idea.
Seann Childs told his 9-year-old daughter Elina it would be a great plan to set up shop outside of one of Edmonton’s cannabis stores on Wednesday. As stoners walked inside, the ones with foresight would recognize that pretty soon a box of cookies would be a great idea, and thus would buy one of Elina’s Girl Guide cookie boxes.
So Elina packed her wagon with all 30 boxes of Girl Guide cookies and camped outside the store. She sold out in just 45 minutes.
“She did a fantastic job and was very polite and everyone was very polite with her,” said Seann in an interview with CTV News.
Seann also took the opportunity to discuss the cannabis with his daughter and explain what legalization brings to Edmonton and the country. “We talked about ... what it was and what it means for people who want to use it and people who don’t want to use it,” he said.
Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday. Canadian citizens can now grow and possess a reasonable quantity of marijuana, but many municipalities have prohibited smoking weed in public spaces. It is also still illegal to drive while high.