It’s a pretty well-known fact these days that pretty much anyone can grow their own marijuana. With a little know-how, time, and a little TLC, the possibilities are virtually endless. Which is why a group of nuns in California decided to grow and sell their own for the simple benefits of its medicinal values.
When visiting their website, the site claims that the sisters of the group are not traditionally religious or part of an official order, but rather sisters, who according to their website, “respect the breadth and depth of the gifts of Mother Earth, working to bridge the gap between Her and her suffering people.”
Hey, whatever works.
So, what are they selling exactly? Well, they’re not really selling marijuana by the pound or anything. They run a legitimate business, Sisters of the Valley, that sells high-quality medicinal salves, tonics, and tinctures via Etsy. Actually, they’re not really selling anything with high THC content. Primarily, they’re focused in CBD, or cannabidiol, a cannabis compound that’s been proven to have significant medical benefits. Which is why they’re able to sell their products as independently certified organics.
Here’s what Sister Kate told ABC News in a recent interview:
We make CBD oil, which takes away seizures and a million other things. It’s very high in demand from cancer patients right now. And we make a salve that’s a multi-purpose salve, but we found out it cures migraines, hangovers, earaches, tooth aches and diaper rash.
According to a recent report by EcoWatch, Sister Kate claims that the medicine they manufacture is all based on an “ancient ritual,” consisting of turning their cannabis tinctures every day and night, bottling tinctures during a full moon and saying a healing prayer over every bottle and jar before it’s sold.
With that all the rituals being mentioned above, it’s probably good to mention that these medicine’s aren’t cheap. For example, Two fluid ounces (400mg) of CBD oil made for pain relief will run you about $85 bucks, not including shipping through their Etsy page. Apparently that’s not stopping people from buying seeing that Sister of the Valley are raking in $400,000 annually.
Day of Reckoning?
Unfortunately for the Sisters of the Valley, trouble is brewing ahead. Recently, a “drafting error” in California’s revision to its medicinal marijuana legislation could leave Sister Kate and the group shutting down their year-old cannabis business if a ban of marijuana cultivation is put in place.
Sisters of the Valley hope their medicinal cannabis products will stay legal in Merced pic.twitter.com/9XaLghXrRB
— Gene Haagenson (@GeneABC30) January 2, 2016
The sisters, who are located in Merced, California, a city where marijuana cultivation has been legal for 3-years now, are in some serious risk after Merced City Council issued a temporary ban on marijuana cultivation after a 6-0 vote on January 4, 2016.
Sister Kate added this statement to the ABC News interview:
It’s frustrating to me because there are all of these people with negative attitudes about something that is truly God’s gift.
Unfortunately for the nuns, it’s now up to the Merced City Council to decide whether or not they’ll be able to continue cultivating their medical marijuana. If worse comes to worse, there’s always the recreational ballot in a couple of years, as noted by Merced City councilman Kevin Blake: “I give it a year or two and this may all be irrelevant” in regards to the local debate on the allowance of medical marijuana.”
I couldn’t agree more. To learn more about the Sisters of the Valley and their growing operation, click here.