Sisters of the Valley: “Nuns” Photographed Tending, Processing and Smoking Weed

Two women who consider themselves nuns though not in the traditional sense have allowed photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois document their life as Marijuana business operators.

sisters of the valley prayingThe pair has been photographed undertaking their daily life which includes smoking, tending to and processing marijuana.

Sisters of the valley togetherAlso known as the Sisters of the Valley, Sister Cate and Sister Darcy live in Merced. Rather than the full time spiritual commitment you would expect from normal nuns, these two engage in the Marijuana business.

Sisters of the valley tending to weedThey grow medical grade marijuana which is highly potent and rich in cannabidiols yet low in THC, the chemical that is known to make users high.

ProcessingIt is from this that they make tinctures and salves meant to fight nausea, lower inflammation and eliminate anxiety among others.


Sisters of the Valley TincturesAlthough their business is licensed, it has not been without hitches and they recently were banned from selling their products on Etsy. They two seek to fight the notion taught by religion that there is redemption in suffering by alleviating the suffering.

Sisters of the valley smoking marijuana



While these two sisters wear habits with modest clothes and live in what they referred to as an abbey, they have no official connection with the Catholic church. They pay allegiance to the feminist ideal and describe their mission as being meant to “respect the breadth and depth of the gifts of Mother Earth, working to bridge the gap between Her and her suffering people.”

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