Case of Merced “Nuns” Shows Random Destructiveness of the Drug War

The Case of Merced “Nuns” Shows Random Destructiveness of the Drug War

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In the town of Merced, California, two women who refer to themselves as “nuns” have been producing high CBD salves and tonics from cannabis; the medicine they make is devoid of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant.

Although the women do not belong to any religious order per se, they call themselves “nuns” and say they are on a spiritual quest to heal people with cannabis.

"We spend no time on bended knee, but when we make our medicine it's a prayerful environment, it's a prayerful time," said Sister Kate.

You can probably guess what happens next. I mean, don’t these ladies sound very dangerous? Don’t you agree this is clearly a case where authorities need to step in, in the name of public safety?!?

This week the Merced City Council will consider a ban on all marijuana cultivation, not only making what Sister Kate and Sister Darcy do illegal, but making all operations like theirs illegal. Wiping out all of the evildoers with one proclamation!

The sisters and their supporters hope the City Council will choose to let them and others like them grow cannabis. In the end, it is really worth it to make what these women do illegal? Would a cultivation ban do anything to stop, say, someone who grows and sells and sends a cut of the profits to the Mexican cartels? Wouldn’t those people ignore a ban and keep growing anyway? Wouldn’t the only growers hurt by the ban be people just like Sister Kate and Sister Darcy?

Politicians need to stop trying to pass laws that prohibit cannabis. Those days are over. This isn’t 1937. It’s not even the “Just Say No” days of the 1980s. It’s 2016 and marijuana prohibition will soon be a relic of the past.