Cannabis ‘nuns’ of California and medical marijuana

Sister Kate calls herself an “accidental nun.” At age 16, she tried marijuana for the first time inside a friend’s car during a cold Wisconsin winter.

But that was when she was a “good mid-western Catholic girl,” and the drug did nothing for her.

Years later, after her first marriage had come and gone, after she moved to Atlanta to work for General Electric, Kate tried weed again (not to mention cocaine.)

This time was different, she wrote on her blog: “I learned that weed goes better with wine, that weed is calming, that weed left me with no side effects. … I gave up the powder and partying, but kept the weed and the wine, in moderation, like medicine.”

Cannabis became the beginning and end of Kate’s prescription list. It was not just her “drug of choice” — it was the only drug she used, according to her blog.

Thirty years later, she sells her favorite kind of medicine under the brand “Sisters of the Valley,” an Etsy business devoted to medicinal products infused with cannabidiol, one of two main extracts from marijuana plants.

Although the venture is just a year old, all of the sisters’ offerings — from tonics to salves — have sold out already, and Kate has recently become one of the loudest voices opposing California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

Enacted in October, the law gives cities a choice: develop local marijuana regulations by March 1 or yield control to the state.

The city of Merced, where Sisters of the Valley is based, voted last week to ban medical marijuana cultivation pending further deliberation. The decision has prompted Kate to start a Change.org petition.

A video shows Kate in a uniform closely resembling a Catholic nun’s habit and condemning the Central Valley legislators, whom she says have “their heads up their butt” and who have reacted to the regulations pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) by prohibiting medical marijuana cultivation in their jurisdictions. Continue reading

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