- Elina Childs, who is part of the Girl Guides of Canada Brownies program, sold cookies to customers outside a marijuana shop in Edmonton, Canada, on Wednesday.
- In just 45 minutes, Elina sold all 30 boxes of cookies at $US5 each, making $US120 for the Girl Guides.
- She sold the cookies on the same day that Canada legalised marijuana nationally.
A nine-year-old Canadian girl sold out of Girl Guide cookies in under an hour after setting up her shop outside a marijuana store on the country’s first day of legal sales.
Elina Childs, who is part of the Girl Guides of Canada Brownies program, told CTV News that it was her father’s idea to sell cookies to customers outside a marijuana shop in Edmonton, Canada, on Wednesday.
In just 45 minutes, Elina sold all 30 boxes of cookies at $US5 each, making $US120 for the Girl Guides, her father, Seann Childs, said.
“It amazed me how quickly they went,” Seann told CBC. “Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies.”
Seann said Elina had previously sold cookies door to door in their neighbourhood, but that hadn’t always been a successful strategy, and one year Elina was bitten by a dog.
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He thought of the idea of selling at a marijuana shop after hearing of Girl Scouts in California using similar tactics.
Seann also used it as an opportunity to educate Elina on the legalization of marijuana.
Elina has cystic fibrosis, and Sean said that, as smoking would normally be harmful for her, he saw selling cookies as a way for her to “benefit from smoking.”
“We like to have frank discussions with her so she understands what it is and take away that mystery behind it,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “Just to show her people of all ages and all walks of life are doing this and it’s legal in Canada now, just demystify it for her so it’s not a big deal for her.”
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