Budding Republic: These California Weed Nuns Answer to a Higher Power


This year, recreational marijuana was legalized in California, the fifth largest economy in the world. Already a multi-billion dollar industry, the category is growing faster than anything seen since the dot com era. Budding Republic wades into the smoke to meet the people, ideas and companies at the heart of this exciting—and often controversial—new industry.

Just outside Merced city limits in California’s Central Valley, on a non-descript road lined with almond trees, and ranch houses in various states of deterioration, the Sisters of the Valley are running a business that generated roughly $1.1 million in sales last year. That’s up from $750,000 in 2016, which was up from $60,000 in 2015.


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