The Sisters of the Valley’s “abbey” in Merced, California are not your typical nuns. Sister Kate and Sister Darcy, don’t follow an organized religion, but see themselves as a “spiritual sisterhood devoted to medical marijuana”.

The women grow marijuana in their garage, produce cannabidiol (CBD) products in their kitchen and sell their solvents and tinctures online. (Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high and is non-psychoactive, yet provides many medicinal benefits.)



Despite all of the recent studies proving the medicinal benefits of cannabis, the city of Merced is trying to shut down the sisters’s local healing business. In early January, legislators proposed a ban on the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana. The Sisters of the Valley, are fighting back and circulating a petition.

Whatever happens, though, the Sisters of the Valley are answering to a higher authority. “We’re not accepting their ban,” said Sister Kate. “It’s against the will of the people, and that makes it unnatural and immoral.

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Image via Sisters of Valley Facebook page