The new year has been a mite tense for some California growers. Since the big bad medical marijuana regulation came down from the state government last fall, California cities and counties have been looking at a ticking clock: if they don’t have their own weed laws on the books by March 1 of this year, the state will regulate weed for them.
Consequently, a whole lot of Cali municipalities are trying to ban weed cultivation on the double before their deadline comes up. Not surprisingly, some growers who have already set up shop in these areas are none too happy about new laws which would outlaw their practices.
Among the most outspoken of these cannabusinesspeople are the Sisters of the Valley, a couple of “nuns” who grow CBD-heavy strains and sell non-weed health products on their Etsy page. Sister Kate and Sister Darcy weren’t bestowed their titles by any religious authority, but they were nonetheless blessed with a talent for the marijuana industry.
The sisters grow their pot in the city of Merced–one of the many California provinces which have recently voted to ban cannabis cultivation. But the sisters say they aren’t going down without a fight. “[The Merced City Council] could shut me down. But I’ve already made it clear to all of them that they’re going to have to shut me down,” Sister Kate told VICE. The Sisters are also trying to reverse the city council’s decision with an online petition at Change.org.
Though nuns wearing habits while growing weed and selling online tinctures might sound a little eccentric, even downright kooky, the sisters come off more rational and level headed than a lot of people in the marijuana industry.
Sister Kate told VICE, “The cannabis culture, stoner culture, is kind of offensive to those of us who have held a pipe up to a shaking Parkinson’s patient, and seen how [with] one hit out of the pipe, his shakes can go away, and he can actually get up and make tea and act like a normal person. So the spirituality for me, personally, it was a convenient way to develop a work ethic in my business. It’s a mode of work that demands excellence, that demands high quality, and demands intention and purpose. It nourishes me to have that in my daily life. But it does something bigger. As long as we are the honorable women and wear the garb honorably, then we are a counterbalance to the stoner culture.”
Photo via Sisters of the Valley on Instagram