You can’t say you recognize every part about California hashish till you’ve seen these pot farming nuns. Not solely do these women develop some high-quality herb, however they’ve confronted steep—and harmful—opposition from a persistent sheriff and a drug cartel. In Breaking Habits, a Salon Pictures documentary premiering at Canne’s this week, these marijuana mavericks are lastly getting the display time they deserve.
These Nuns Are The Real Deal
OK, in order that they’re not technically affiliated with a church, however this group of girls has a singular spiritual calling: rising and promoting premium marijuana. In their phrases, they’re a “new age sisterhood.” Appropriately, these nuns have dubbed themselves the Sisters of the Valley.
Their founder, Sister Kate, wasn’t all the time a ganja rising woman of religion. Earlier in life, Sister Kate glided by Christine Meeusen and had a husband and a day job. After enduring abuse and unfaithfulness from her husband, Mrs. Meeusen determined she had had sufficient. She left together with her three youngsters and launched into a brand new journey.
In the much-anticipated trailer, Sister Kate explains, “After all the men in my life betrayed me, beat me, left me penniless and homeless, my goal was to form a sisterhood of healers.” Her group grew shortly. As one smiling nun says, “We were brought together by the cannabis plant.”
Today, the Sisters of the Valley develop and promote medical marijuana on Etsy. They’re based mostly out of Merced, California.
They’ve Received a Lot of Attention, Not All of It Good
Though media protection has enterprise booming for the Sisters of the Valley, their success has attracted regulation enforcement’s consideration. Marijuana, together with the CBD dominant merchandise that the Sisters promote, stays a Schedule I drug federally. Though California has lately legalized marijuana, the sisters proceed to face main opposition.
Not everyone seems to be satisfied that their mission is altruistic, or that medical marijuana is, in reality, medical. Breaking Habits hears from each side of the story, because the trailer flashes to a Sheriff at his desk. “They’re drug dealers, and they’re trying to say that it’s medicine,” he says.
As if the specter of regulation enforcement wasn’t sufficient, cartels and robbers have additionally focused the Sisters of the Valley. This explains the weapons the ladies famously tote round. At one level, the ladies needed to dodge a cascade of bullets, courtesy of the cartel.
Remember that leisure weed wasn’t authorized till January of this yr. Though California legalized medical marijuana years in the past, large-scale grows have been a harmful enterprise till very just lately (and may nonetheless be dangerous). Breaking Habits delves into simply how devoted these ladies are to giving individuals entry to medical marijuana.
Breaking Habits Debuted At Cannes This Week
According to Deadline, Breaking Habits has made fairly a splash on the Cannes movie pageant. Salon Pictures, the London-based studio that produced the documentary, has already acquired a number of gives to distribute the film worldwide.
Breaking Habits ought to be obtainable later this yr. Paul Van Carter and Nick Taussig who produced the movie are wanting ahead to different tasks, notably McQueen, a documentary on designer Alexander McQueen, to be launched in 2018.