The sisters sing Christian songs and play the piano – and they like to get a little high while doing it. Six women between the ages of 25 and their early 60s currently live together on a farm in northern California’s Central Valley. “We are emotionally very close – but still everyone has their freedom. That’s important,” explains Sister Kate in an interview with FOCUS Online.

In addition to household chores and kitchen, they also share the work on their four hectares of fields. “In doing so, we proceed according to the talents of the sisters. Some are good at cooking – others are more gifted at gardening,” says Sister Kate. They process the hemp they grow here into hash, CBD-infused tinctures, gelcaps, and balms. They describe the products as medicine.

Sister Kate, 62, is the founder of the Sisters of the Valley. Born Christine Meeusen, she grew up in a Catholic family: “All the teachers at my school were nuns and I loved them. After class, I always wanted to stay with them longer.”

Cannabis was legalized in California in 2016

Before her present life as a sister, Meeusen worked in business consulting – and at the same time was also active in social policy. In 2009, she founded a cannabis charity that provided medical marijuana to sick patients: “That’s when I realized the healing power of hash: relaxation brings healing.” Recreational cannabis was legalized in California in 2016. Before that, only medicinal marijuana was allowed here.

Meeusen was politically active for many years. She took part in left-wing protests against rising tuition fees and government budget cuts. “But the real turning point for me came in 2011 when the US Congress gave in to the agribusiness lobby and actually declared tomato sauce on pizza as a vegetable,” she recalls. “That’s when my nephew said to me, ‘If pizza qualifies as a vegetable, then you’re a nun’.” An old nun’s habit in her closet gave Kate the idea to go to demonstrations disguised as a sister.

Her protest performances in nun’s habit were well received – other activists encouraged her to found a religious order. “That’s how the vision of an order with New Age nuns came about,” says Kate. After talking to Native Americans about natural medicine, she came up with the idea of ​​combining Catholic customs with Indigenous traditions: “Damn it, I said to myself, I’m going to start my own sister order.”

“We are not a religion. Religions Sell Words”

First, she launched the “potato nuns” on Facebook. The success of the website eventually led to today’s commune. In 2015 she founded the order. There are now 22 sisters in the Sisters of the Valley – some are currently doing missionary work in Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand.

The order has no connection to the Catholic Church. “We are not a religion. Religions sell words,” Sister Kate said. “ We want to spread peace through healing cannabis medicine.”

However, Sister Kate emphasizes that chastity is not equated with abstinence: “We are less concerned with abstinence than with keeping sexuality private – for example, not wearing provocative clothes.” That does not correspond to their ideas of a healing energy.

She also wants to clarify the oath of obedience: “Our obedience only refers to the lunar cycle. In doing so, we honor indigenous traditions.” Thus, every marijuana product is started on the new moon and completed on the full moon: from planting to harvesting to final production and packaging.

Before the pandemic, the sisters’ cannabis business was booming, with annual sales of $1.2 million. But since Corona, sales have fallen by more than 20 percent. Now the “Sisters of the Valley” are increasingly relying on their online shop – and on prayers. “Many Catholic nuns also support us in this. They don’t do it out loud, but more quietly. They send us emails, letters, prayer books and gifts at Christmas. And they pray for us.”

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