For full disclosure, these ‘nuns’ (notice the scare quotes in the title) are not associated with any Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. They call themselves “The Sisters of the Valley” and are known as California’s “Weed Nuns.”
Sister Kate, who is now about 60 years old, says that they’re not a part of a religion because they do not like religion. They do, however, wear nun-gear and seem to venerate cannabis to a religious degree. They are based near the town of Merced in the Central Valley, which is a particularly fertile valley responsible for nearly half of the fruit produce grown in the United States.
According to reports, the nuns say that their Holy Trinity is the marijuana plant, specifically hemp, a strain of marijuana that has very low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in the plant. Members turn the hemp into cannabis-based balms and ointments, which they say have the power to improve health and well-being.
Business Insider claims that in 2016, the nuns made over $750k from selling their products. The “nun shtick” came about because the women were raised Roman Catholic, and the concept of living communally and ascetically appealed to them.
Reifinery29 hosts a video, in which the nuns call themselves, “Anarchist Activists Sisters.” Yahoo News posted a video yesterday about the nuns, which you can see below.
The Romanist Church is officially against drug use, but at least one American priest in Nevada, believes that Marijuana can be used responsibly and has advocated for its legalization, according to CruxNow.