Weed Nuns Lose Their Bank Account
California’s weed growing nuns, Sisters of the Valley claim the nuns’ bank has frozen the business accounts for the organization following the release of a trailer for a documentary about her, her sisters, and her business, “Breaking Habits.”
In an email interview with Ganjapreneur, Sister Kate, whose real name is Christine Meeusen, indicated the Sisters of the Valley had the account for nearly four-and-a-half years, and during that period “there has never been a banking issue or problem and [Sisters of the Valley and Meeusen] have always remained in good standing” until the bank sent the sisters a notice on Jan. 8 – the same day the trailer was publicly released.
Sister Kate notesthere were neither cash sales nor withdrawals as all business is handled via credit card sales.
“As 100 percent owner of the LLC and the brand, I have a clean credit history and a clean everything else history. No open parking tickets, all taxes paid current, no open litigation except in the battle for stolen resources from my ex-husband. There is no reason we should lose banking at this time. We have a 100 percent customer satisfaction policy and a charge-back rate on our credit card purchases that is unheard of. Less than .1 percent.” – Sister Kate in an email
Sister Kate suggests that the account closure is a direct response to the “Breaking Habits” trailer release, which she said made the Sisters of the Valley “look very gangster.” The film opens with Sister Kate holding a firearm and includes shots of her driving a classic car. In the email, she maintains there are “no guns” at the farm because they are a cash-less business who farm hemp products with “no black market value.”
In a Facebook video posted on Monday, Sister Kate notes that she can access her personal account – which she has had for 11 years – but she is unable to get any money owed to her by credit cards processors. She indicated the bank would have kept the account open if she maintained a $60,000 minimum balance.
“We’ve been banking 11 years with a credit union and all of a sudden a film comes out about us and it has a gun in my hand, and they ask us politely to take our business elsewhere,” she explains in the video.
The Sisters of the Valley have started a GoFundMe page as an “interim request for help” to keep the business afloat while they find a new bank.
h/t TG Branfelt at Ganjapreneur