(Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org) – They’re not a part of any official religious order, but Sister Kate and Sister Darcey refer to themselves as nuns and claim they are producing marijuana products as part of a spiritual quest to heal the sick.
Now, the “nuns” are fighting new regulations from the state of California and the city of Merced threatening to shut down their business.
Legislation signed in October by Gov. Jerry Brown opened the way for cannabis-related businesses to operate in California, unless local governments act by March 1 to specifically forbid them. Though the recreational use of marijuana is technically illegal in California, the state has a large network of licensed pot growers who supply medical marijuana.
Other retailers, such as the Merced-based “Sisters of the Valley,” make and sell marijuana-based products that lack THC, the substance that allows users to “get high.”
In places like Merced, local officials are moving quickly to get bans on the books before the March 1 deadline.
They’re facing near-universal opposition. During the public comment period of a recent city planning hearing, all 19 residents who spoke said they opposed a local ban on cannabis businesses, according to the Merced Sun-Star.