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Marijuana-growing nuns: “They made criminals out of us overnight”

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In the garage of a three-bedroom house in California, a group of three nuns grow marijuana, which they use to produce cannabidiol tinctures and salves. According to a recent feature in The Guardian, the nuns call themselves the “Sisters of the Valley,” and though they wear collared shirts and habits, they are not affiliated with any established religion. The Sisters sell their marijuana products — which can be used for medicinal purposes and are not psychotropic — through an Etsy store. They refer to the hours spent sifting through orders and correspondence as “Bible time.”

Unfortunately for the Sisters, legislation has been passed that will block them from selling their merchandise. The 1996 legislation that legalized medical marijuana in California established a March 1, 2016 deadline for all cities in the state to impose bans or regulations on the industry. That deadline may have been a typo, and lawmakers are working to draft fix-it legislation. But until corrective measures are taken, the Sisters’ work will be carried out in violation of the law. “We are completely illegal, banned through commerce and banned through growing,” said a Sister named Kate. “They made criminals out of us overnight.”

Sister Kate told The Guardian that the order plans to organize a call-in campaign, wherein growers and customers will inundate city council members with calls until more accommodating regulations are enacted. “We’re not accepting their ban,” Sister Kate said. “It’s against the will of the people, and that makes it unnatural and immoral.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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