CannabizDaily has featured the Sisters of the Valley last year. But now, this commune of activist nuns who grow cannabis is experiencing an attack by the banking industry and is seeking help.
Apparently, this attack has something to do with a documentary film about the sisters. The docu film “Breaking Habits” was released on April 19 in the United States.
Sisters of the Valley (SOTV) has been growing cannabis and supplying plant-based medicine to those in need since 2014. SOTV is not affiliated with any traditional religion but instead describes itself as a new-age order of healing women. They operate their business based on the founding principles of sustainability and of honoring Mother Earth and her gift of an intelligent plant.
The sisters run an online shop to sell their hemp-based CBD products within the U.S. and throughout the world. And, according to them, they only do credit card sales and cannot accommodate cash-based transactions. They also pay all taxes related to their operations.
However, SOTV announced through a GoFundMe posting that on January 8, with the release of trailers for Breaking Habits, their bank notified them that they need to go bank elsewhere. They said they tried to object because, without their credit card, they have no other means to sell their products to customers. They also pointed out that they have been with this bank years before the Order was born and that they have been a good-standing customer since the beginning.
According to the sisters, they have been applying with other banks for nearly a year now without any success. As result, they have no ready alternative.
In January, they had to stop shipping to customers in Canada, their second largest market. In February, they lost MasterCard billing, although they were assured by their bank that it was only temporary.
The bank finally cut off SOTV’s account on April 29, and the sisters were left without any banking service and without access to their funds. They were left without any other choice but to stop shipping their products to customers.
According to the sisters, they have around 10,000 customers relying on their natural pain-relief medicine. But they currently have no way to serve these customers.
The sisters need to figure out a way to keep their doors open and support themselves while they continue to look for banking alternatives. Because of this, SOTV is turning to followers for temporary assistance.
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