The Catholic Church is outraged that Mother Mary Joseph Aubert is credited with being one of New Zealand's first growers of marijuana.
The claims are made in the new documentary Druglawed and are validated by numerous sources.
Druglawed director and producer, South African filmmaker Arik Reiss stands by the authenticity of his research about the soon-to-be Catholic Saint.
The church claims that stories about Mother Aubert experimenting with or being the first person in New Zealand to cultivate cannabis are based on anecdotal accounts “many times removed from a direct source”.
It quoted a DSIR toxicologist’s paper from 1971 which stated that, before 1965, the drug (marijuana) was virtually unknown in New Zealand.
“No cultivation of the plant was known and few of the general public knew anything at all about it,” the paper stated.