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Cannabis-growing “nuns” to challenge Merced ban

A pair of self-described “nuns” — who cultivate high CBD cannabis — are challenging the city of Merced for their right to grow.

The “Sisters of the Valley” — a two-person outfit consisting of women who call themselves members “Sister Kate” and “Sister Darcy” — grow cannabis with high CBD content in an effort to help those in need of medicine (some of which they then sell on Etsy). But the sisters’ operation could be forced to move elsewhere as Merced considers an outright ban on all marijuana-related businesses in their city limits, ABC News reports.

“We make CBD oil, which takes away seizures and a million other things,” Sister Kate told ABC. “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 their website, the sisters are not traditionally religious or belong to a particular order, but call themselves nuns, wear habits, and believe it’s their spiritual obligation to help the sick with their medicinal cannabis creations.

“We spend no time on bended knee, but when we make our medicine it’s a prayerful environment it’s a prayerful time,” said Sister Kate to ABC.

As the city considers a marijuana ban, the sisters have offered an appeal to local government officials, and have pointed out how much tax revenue the city could earn from allowing businesses such as theirs to thrive.

“It’s frustrating to me because there are all of these people with negative attitudes about something that is truly God’s gift,” Sister Darcey told ABC.

The Merced city council will consider a complete ban on growing medical marijuana next week, as they attempt to meet a March 1 deadline mistakenly set by the authors of California’s impending medical marijuana regulations.

“During the scramble at the end of the legislative session this year, an inadvertent drafting error placed a deadline on local jurisdictions,” said State Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), one of the authors involved in drafting the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, in a letter to the state’s cities and counties earlier in December. “My intent to remove the deadline has bipartisan and stakeholder support.”

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