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Girl Scouts are forced by leaders to stop selling cookies outside Michigan marijuana dispensary

Girl Scouts in Michigan were forced by troop leaders to stop selling cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary, outraging the store’s owner who accused officials at the youth organization of crushing the girls’ entrepreneurial spirit. 

Last weekend, members of the Oakland County Girl Scouts set up shop to sell cookies outside of the Green House of Walled Lake Cannabis store, in the Metro Detroit area, after being given permission by the dispensary’s owner, Jerry Millen.

The move proved to be a raging success, with the group selling more than 1,000 boxes over just a six-hour period.

Hoping to profit off the enterprising scheme, several more Girl Scout troops asked Millen if they too could sell cookies outside of Greenhouse, which he approved.

A group of several girls had been planning to sell boxes of the treats outside of the store this weekend, however leaders at the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan council caught wind of the plans and pulled the plug, insisting that selling cookies outside of marijuana facilities was against their policy.

‘I am incredibly disappointed that the powers that be who make up Girl Scouts of the USA are dumping cold water on the entrepreneurial spirit of these young ladies,’ Millen said in a Friday press release.

‘The Greenhouse of Walled Lake is a legal entity and a major contributor to the community. Scouts are seen all the time selling these delicious treats in front of grocery stores, liquor stores, etc. I am hoping that these folks reconsider their position.’

Last weekend, members of the Oakland County Girl Scouts (above) set up shop to sell cookies outside of the Green House of Walled Lake Cannabis store, in the Metro Detroit area, after being given permission by the dispensary’s owner, Jerry Millen

Store owner Jerry Millen (left) called the decision 'absurd'. Jennifer Slayden, troop co-leader of Oakland County Girl Scouts (right) also insisted the move wasn't fair

Store owner Jerry Millen (left) called the decision ‘absurd’. Jennifer Slayden, troop co-leader of Oakland County Girl Scouts (right) also insisted the move wasn’t fair

Further elaborating on his outrage to the Daily Tribune, Millen called the decision ‘absurd’ and accused Girl Scouts of the USA of ‘pulling the rug’ from underneath the girls.

‘To me, this isn’t fair to the girls. The Girl Scouts are supposed to support entrepreneurship and thinking outside the box,’ he said. ‘This is antiquated thinking by an organization that is supposed to empower girls.

'To me, this isn’t fair to the girls. The Girl Scouts are supposed to support entrepreneurship and thinking outside the box,' Millen (pictured with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer) said. 'This is antiquated thinking by an organization that is supposed to empower girls'

‘To me, this isn’t fair to the girls. The Girl Scouts are supposed to support entrepreneurship and thinking outside the box,’ Millen (pictured with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer) said. ‘This is antiquated thinking by an organization that is supposed to empower girls’

‘They’re treating this like [marijuana] is still illegal — and it’s not. Their thinking is “old school,” and they need to get into 2021.’

Jennifer Slayden, a mother and troop co-leader of Oakland County Girl Scouts, said she was told by the council that members aren’t allowed to sell cookies outside of marijuana dispensaries specifically because children are not allowed to enter cannabis stores.

Similar to Millen’s protests, Slayden said she believes banning selling cookies outside of cannabis stores would be hypocritical because troops are allowed to sell cookies outside of liquor stores.

‘If you’re allowed to sell outside a liquor store, what’s the difference? If all of the parents and the business owner agree, I think that should be good enough,’ she said. 

‘In the Girl Scout law, the very first line is, “I will do my best to be honest and fair.” So we are teaching the girls to be fair, while not actually being fair.’ 

However, speaking to Click On Detroit, a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan said the youth group doesn’t have any policy prohibiting cookies from being sold outside of cannabis stores, insisting there had been a ‘misunderstanding’. 

‘Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) does not have a policy prohibiting troops from selling cookies at or near any legally operating business. The national Girl Scouts organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, does discourage troops from selling at locations where the girls cannot legally enter, however, there is no policy prohibiting selling at such businesses,’ the spokesperson said.

‘GSSEM troops are allowed to set up booth selling dates on their own without approval from GSSEM. In this case, GSSEM had no information regarding this booth or the troop as they did not register the booth to have it included in our cookie locator app. Again this is not a required action, and troops do not have to notify GSSEM when they set up booths. We have contacted the troop leader to assist and clear up any confusion.’

Slayden said she was told by the council that members aren't allowed to sell cookies outside of marijuana dispensaries specifically because children are not allowed to enter cannabis stores (Greenhouse shown above)

Slayden said she was told by the council that members aren’t allowed to sell cookies outside of marijuana dispensaries specifically because children are not allowed to enter cannabis stores (Greenhouse shown above)

Millen took it upon himself to buy 301 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from the girls who were due to sell outside his store this weekend to pass out for free to his customers, 'just to prove a point'

Millen took it upon himself to buy 301 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from the girls who were due to sell outside his store this weekend to pass out for free to his customers, ‘just to prove a point’

According to Millen, the troop leader who pulled the plug on the scheme said she was informed by ‘the powers that be’ that the scouts aren’t permitted to sell cookies outside any business that they can’t go into — but that simply isn’t the case at Greenhouse. 

Anyone, no matter their age, who has a medical marijuana card can shop at Greenhouse. The store also sells CBD products that have no age restrictions, Millen said.

Further, Millen pointed out that the scouts weren’t even going to be on his property, but rather on the sidewalk, which is public property.

‘It just doesn’t make sense,’ Slayden added. ‘All we wanted to do was raise money for horse camp. It’s just cookies, you know?’ 

Millen took it upon himself to buy 301 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from the girls who were due to sell outside his store this weekend to pass out for free to his customers, ‘just to prove a point’, he said. 

‘I used to be a Cub Scout and I sold popcorn and candy and I used to hustle and knock on doors,’  he told the Detroit Free Press. ‘With the pandemic now you can’t send kids door to door and things like that so it was a great setup for them last weekend and I’m sad for these young girls.’

Girl Scouts across the country have had difficulties raising money due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cookie-selling season has been extended through April 28 to allow troops to make as many sales as possible. 

‘I would love for somebody from the Girl Scouts of America to reach out to me so I can coordinate the opportunity for these young ladies and several troops to come to my store, every weekend, until cookie sales are over, to sell their cookies,’ Millen said.

‘We put 1,500 people a day through this store. That’s 1,500 potential boxes.’

Girl Scouts across the country have had difficulties raising money due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cookie-selling season has been extended through April 28 to allow troops to make as many sales as possible

Girl Scouts across the country have had difficulties raising money due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cookie-selling season has been extended through April 28 to allow troops to make as many sales as possible

Anyone, no matter their age, who has a medical marijuana card can shop at Greenhouse. The store also sells CBD products that have no age restrictions, Millen said

Anyone, no matter their age, who has a medical marijuana card can shop at Greenhouse. The store also sells CBD products that have no age restrictions, Millen said

Amanda Thomas, GSEEM vice president of customer care, reiterated to the Tribune that the organization has ‘no policy prohibiting where cookies sales happen.’

‘If another volunteer said that, I encourage the troop leaders to reach out to us so we can clarify that we have no problem [with selling cookies outside a licensed marijuana store].’

By Saturday, it appears the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan council had reversed course.

In a post to the store’s Facebook page, Millen wrote: ‘Amazing news! We just got word…The Greenhouse has gotten the Girl Scouts to change their official policy banning sales of Girl Scouts Cookies outside of dispensaries statewide!

‘So beginning today we’d LOVE to have scouts and their parents out in front of the Greenhouse selling cookies every weekend for the next few weeks!’   


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