'Sisters' Of The Valley Fight To Keep Their Cannabusiness Alive

By Victoria Kim 01/21/16

Sister Kate and Sister Darcy may see their online medical marijuana business closed down.

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A business started by a couple of “sisters” dedicated to cultivating and producing medicine containing cannabidiol (CBD) could be in trouble.

Sisters of the Valley is run by Sister Kate and her apprentice Sister Darcy, who grow cannabis and use the non psychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD) to produce tinctures, tonics, and salves for everything from pain management to treating seizures. The sisters are able to sell their products all over the world through their online Etsy store because they contain less than 1% THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

The business, based out of a home the sisters share in Merced, Calif., is lucrative, but faces uncertainty as the Merced City Council is in the process of drafting an ordinance to establish local rules about medical marijuana regarding, for instance, the maximum number of dispensaries and which zones to allow dispensaries in. The city must have an ordinance in place by March 1, or the city would fall under the state of California’s medical marijuana regulations.

In early January, the city council unanimously voted to prohibit medical marijuana card holders from growing cannabis for their own consumption, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

“They’re saying no cannabis grows in our town. And no cannabis commerce in our town,” Sister Kate told NowThis. “And anybody who has a cannabis card, they have the right to get their cannabis, but not in our town.”

The sisters consider themselves nuns and they are spiritual, but not traditionally religious or part of any religious order. They first worked with other medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, but found the experience did not align with their mission and values. So they decided to go their own way.

“We didn’t want to found a religion, we didn’t want to hide under cover of a non-profit, we just wanted a sustainable business to sustain ourselves that was also a way of life—a way of life that counters the stoner culture with cannabis,” Sister Kate told ATTN. The sisters’ way of counteracting the stoner culture is to “give extreme reverence to the plant.”

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