- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Girl Scouts of Colorado posted a statement on Facebook that clarifies girls aren’t allowed to ply their cookie wares outside of any adult business — including marijuana sales shops.

But some parents want to know why. After all, they argued, grocery stores sell beer — so what’s the big deal about setting up cookies sales outside legal pot shops?

“Girl Scouts of Colorado doesn’t allow girls to sell cookies outside of any adult-oriented business, whether that is a bar, strip club, casino, liquor store or marijuana dispensary,” the Girl Scouts group posted, Fox News reported. “We recognize these are legitimate businesses, but we don’t feel they are an appropriate place for girls to be selling cookies in Colorado.”

The issue came to light recently after a capitalistic San Francisco Scout set up shop outside a marijuana dispensary, The Green Cross, in her neck of the woods and sold more than 100 boxes of cookies within a couple hours. Meanwhile, Fox News reported that in Phoenix, an 8-year-old Scout has been selling the cookies for two years in front of her city’s marijuana facilities, largely under the radar.

Colorado’s Scout leaders made it clear, however: Such sales are not allowed in their state. Some parents are wondering what the big deal is, Fox News said.

Beneath the Facebook posting on the Colorado Girl Scouts’ page, one wrote: “Grocery stores sell cigarettes and beer. Is it OK for them to sell the cookies outside of grocery stores?”

And another: “While I do not agree with Colorado legalization of marijuana, I feel that this is a huge missed opportunity to increase our [cookie] sales.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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