The Sisters of the Valley are “self-ordained” nuns that grow marijuana/hemp in California and sell cannabis based products.

Last year, Christine Meeusen and 6 other members of the order claimed $750,000 in sales last year. Their best year since they started in 2015. The Sister’s mission is to empower women and provide what they call medical and healing products.

What I think is perhaps more interesting than the fact that these nuns grow marijuana/hemp and sell cannabis based products, is that they are anti-religion.

“We’re against religion, so we’re not a religion. We consider ourselves Beguine revivalists, and we reach back to pre-Christian practices.” Meeusen’s sister Kate told NBC.

These nuns make it clear, despite their monikers, that they are not an order of the Catholic church.

I’ve always held the position, as an agnostic, that I respect people’s belief in a higher power. In fact, I think people are better off believing in a higher power. My objection to religion has never been based merely on someone’s spiritual beliefs, but rather the oppressiveness of the religion that is attached to those beliefs.

So these nuns are both confusing and intriguing to me. I’m not sure how you can be a nun and profess that you not only do not belong to a religion but also are anti-religion.

It’s quite fascinating and it makes you think. (Well, it makes me think.)

I think if more people renounced their religions and concentrated more on their relationship with whatever they perceive God to be, then the grip of religious-based oppression would weaken across the world.

According to Lifeteen.org, a christian blog that aims to perpetuate the anti-progressive teachings of an ancient religion to children, claims that Marijuana is evil and you shouldn’t do it. Big surprise there.

I never understood why the church was so against marijuana.  Anti-marijuana rhetoric propagated by the church helped in creating a voodoo pharmacology based propaganda effort to subdue society into thinking it was evil.

This fortifies a moral foundation that ultimately leads to the suppression of individual liberty.

Did anyone in the church stop and think that maybe God wanted you to use this plant?

The Sisters of the Valley did, and these nuns are pretty cool in my book.

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