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venerdì 16 giugno 2017

Sisters of the Valley the 'Weed Nuns'

California nuns who grow marijuana have posed for a series of powerful photos documenting their day-to-day work.
Sister Kate and Sister Darcy, who live in Merced and go by the name Sisters of the Valley, have given photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois a candid look at their controversial business, which involves cultivating weed for remedies they sell online.

The pair, who consider themselves nuns but not in the traditional or Catholic sense, are licensed Medical Marijuana growers, but their business has recently come under threat from California municipalities looking to outlaw what they do.

The sisters' organic products include salves, tinctures and oils engineered to treat niggles like migraines and back pain.

Each of the items contain low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component that causes marijuana's famous high.  

Every product is prayed over by its makers before being sent off to customers. 

The images snapped by the photographers show the nuns crouched among marijuana plants, burning rolled up sets of leaves in front of them.

Others show the sisters enjoying a toke from their wares while relaxing at home.

Since launching their business last year, the pair have been selling their products on Etsy as well as their own website. 

But Sister Kate, whose real name is Christine Meeusen, 56, and Sister Darcy Johnson, 24, have recently found their business under threat. Most recently, their Etsy shop was recently withdrawn.

'We thought it the best place to feature our home-made and hand-made goods. But not long ago, they were bought by eBay,' the pair wrote on a new GoFundMe page earlier this week. 

'After nine months of no issues, they rudely took all our items off our shelf, alleging we make health claims.' 

With bills piling up and their income being suddenly hindered, they are hoping for public help to keep their Abby, their business and simply their heads above water. 

'We had a dream of living a simple life, making our medicines on a quiet farm, in a spiritual environment, and being self-sustaining,' they said. 

It's just the latest in a bad run for the ladies, after they were forced to move their business when new legislation rendered their operation illegal in their original location. 

The nuns have since picked up and moved to the more marijuana-friendly locale of Merced County.

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