Pubdate: Wed, 5 Dec 2007
Source: Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia)
Copyright: 2007 APN News & Media Ltd
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Residents of a nunnery in Greece were nun the wiser to con men
cultivating a crop of cannabis in their garden.

Two men posing as gardeners for the elderly nuns turned a Greek
Orthodox nunnery into a marijuana plantation.

Officers received a tip-off to raid the nunnery in the village of
Filiro, near the northern port city of Thessaloniki, where they found
more than 30 large cannabis plants in the enclosed garden, Reuters

"Two unknown men had told the two elderly nuns in the nunnery they
would like to help them with the garden and then proceeded to plant
the cannabis," a police official said.

"The nuns did not know what they were and assumed they were large
decorative plants," he said.

Police did not arrest the nuns and have launched a hunt for the

As unusual as the fit may be, nuns and marijuana have been in the
headlines before.

In 2004, NORML News announced that Suzanne Aubert, the first person
known to cultivate cannabis in New Zealand for medicine was on the
road to being made a saint.

Mother Mary Joseph (Suzanne) Aubert - a French nun - founded the
Sisters of Compassion mission at Hiruharama/Jerusalem, and concocted
medicinal brews of cannabis hemp to ease the nun's menstrual pains as
well as to help asthmatics and recovering alcoholics.

Her canonisation is still under consideration by the vatican.
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