Medical marijuana has become a lucrative business in many states and countries that a group of California women are claiming to be nuns to give their “high” enterprise a healing ministry spin. Sister Kate and Darcy even wear the habit – the nun’s garb – and call themselves the Sisters of the Valley.
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However, they admittedly are not Catholics, even if the habit is an attire associated with Catholic nuns, and do not even spend time on their knees praying. Instead, they cultivate cannabis in Merced and make medical marijuana, reports The New York Post.
But the two insists, “When we make our medicine it’s a prayerful environment. It’s a prayerful time,” quotes KFSN-TV. However, the two need to look for another more hospitable site because the county just made marijuana production illegal in Merced. They have until the end of February to move out of Merced.
Unfortunately for the two women who tagged their products as “Handmade with Healing Intent,” Australia is a very far place to relocate, unless they are "flying nuns." On Wednesday, Health Minister Susan Ley announced that the Turnbull government would introduce landmark legislation to amend Australia’s Narcotics Act 1967.
The planned amendment would permit controlled cultivation of cannabis if it is grown for scientific or medicinal purposes. Ley says that if the bill becomes a law, Australians suffering from painful and chronic conditions would have access to medical cannabis and get relief. However, the stuff could not be purchased over-the-counter because it needs a doctor’s prescription.
Ley points out that the legislation is the missing piece in the Aussie patient’s journey. She explains, “Importantly, having a safe, legal and reliable source of products will ensure medical practitioners are now at the centre of the decision making process on whether medicinal cannabis may be beneficial for their patient.”
Narcotics Drug Act 1967 and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 only allowed legal production and distribution of medicinal marijuana, but the legislation would assure a safe, legal and reliable supply o locally grown weed which is the missing element to patient access.