cannabis growing nuns

Cannabis growing nuns

“We’re also planning an edgy, political series done in cartoon form.”

A group of nuns are raking in £850,000 a year after turning a convent into an international cannabis operation.

The nuns use their cannabidiol (CBD) products, which include salves and oils, to treat everything from epilepsy to cancer – and claim to have so far cured eight people of addictions.

Meet the nuns who rake in £850k a year growing and selling cannabis

Meet the nuns who rake in £850k a year growing and selling cannabis

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Today, the business is flourishing and the community of nuns have high hopes of expanding their medicinal marijuana empire.

“It’s an important bill that would allow California to join some 20 other states and Canada in denying this privilege as an excuse for not reporting abuse.”

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On Monday, the nuns plan to protest the ecclesiastic privilege within the Church that allows some abuse to go unreported.

“We do need men and we don’t want to be exclusive of the men,” Meeusen said. “We just want the women to own the businesses and hold all the offices in town.”

“It’s considered hemp because it won’t get anybody high, but it’s really marijuana,” said “Sister Kate,” whose real name is Christine Meeusen. “It’s medical marijuana, but just like over the years they’ve been able to develop strains that get you super high. We’ve also developed strains that don’t get you high at all.”

A few of the women live on the compound, and six of them work on the cannabis business, along with two “Brothers.”

Despite their moniker, this nonreligious sorority of radical feminists resides in Northern California farm country. The women grow cannabis on the sun-drenched property, tucked among vineyards and apple orchards. They use a strain of marijuana that eliminates THC, but still contains CBD (cannabidiol), which is touted for its healing properties.

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The Sisters of the Valley, a group of self-styled “weed nuns,” are putting their faith in the healing power of cannabis.

“We believe in paying taxes,” she said. “We believe quite frankly that America’s culture of starving the tax system is wrong, it’s morally wrong. Most of us have lived in other places where the tax system actually works.”

Cannabis growing nuns

Sisters Quinn, Kate, Sophia, Luna, and Camilla (from left) near the property.

The Sisters of the Valley are not a religious organization, but an enclave of self-proclaimed sisters who are in the business of spreading spirituality and selling healing cannabidiol products. “Look, the average age of a new Catholic nun in America is 78,” says Sister Kate, founder of the sect, which has 22 sisters and eight brothers worldwide. “Christianity is dying all around us. What are people going to do? They need spirituality in their life; we need it for meaning. We are very spiritual beings walking a physical path, and so for that reason we will find ways to connect. And we are just one example of that.”

By afternoon, the Central Valley sun fills the craft yurt. Sister Kate takes a seat under the skylight to explain the meaning of their vows, represented by the acronym SOLACE: Service, Obedience, Living Simply, Activism, Chastity, and Ecology. Service relates to their work making plant-based medicine — cannabis, and more recently, mushrooms. “Obedience is not to any order or person but to organize our lives by the cycles of the moon,” Sister Kate says. Living simply, as she puts it with a smirk, “means we can’t own a yacht — but you can, and can invite us all to join you.” The fourth is activism, meaning holding local officials accountable.

Left: Sisters trimming weed from a recent harvest. Right: the sisters’ pajama party.

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According to Sister Kate, her fall into nunhood began in 2011, when the Obama administration lost a fight to have the Department of Agriculture declassify pizza sauce as a serving of vegetables in school lunches. “I said, ‘Oh, my God, if pizza is a vegetable, then I am a nun,’” she explains. Soon after, when she was planning to go to an Occupy protest, her nephew reminded her of a nun costume she had in her closet, and suggested she wear it. “When I protested with the Occupy movement dressed as a nun, people wanted me to organize myself into a religion and I kept saying, ‘No, this is meant to be crazy. This is meant to be a thumb at the establishment, that everything is broken in this country.’”

Sisters Sophia, Camilla, Luna, Quinn, and Kate (from left) partake in their harvest, which is grown in California’s Central Valley. “One thing I love about Covid is nobody passes joints anymore,” says Sister Kate. “We roll, and we smoke our own joints — it’s a very personal thing.” She sees cannabis as medicine: “If I could grow a bed of poppies, I’d figure out how to make that medicine.”

Some of the Sisters practice a synchronized Tiktok dance at their pajama party as Sister Kass smokes a joint.

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With tens of thousands of followers on TikTok and Instagram, their message is spreading. Sister Quinn, their social-content creator, is aiming to make them more accessible. As an eco-feminist who studied business economics at University of California, Merced, she believes in microeconomies and sustainable communities. “I know that some things need to be on a bigger level, but I think that people living in small communities and sharing the work — the gardening and living together — I think that that’s a really positive direction that we should be going in society,” says Sister Quinn. In regard to the enclaves’ focus on feminism, she says, “it’s more about realizing that women and female entities are more connected with the Earth. We are the healers, portals for life; we create everything. We like to have a certain amount of harmony, a certain amount of balance. Everyone does their part.”

The sisters prepare for a moon ceremony. “We start our medicines on the new moon, and we finish our batch on a full moon,” explains Sister Kate. “As soon as we close out on a full-moon batch, we plan for the next. In between, we’re labeling, bottling, testing, and getting ready for shipping.”