Sister Kate and Sister Darcey have been growing cannabis for the last year, using the plant’s non-psychoactive ingredients to produce body salves and tonics. Their line of products is called “Sisters of the Valley” and is used by people all over the world.

Though the sisters aren’t part of any particular religious order, they will tell you that spirituality plays an important role in their business which is based in Merced, California.

But now their start-up is in jeopardy due to the fact that the Merced City Council has introduced and ordinance that will ban the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana within the city.

The sisters are fighting the ban.

At first they worked with marijuana dispensaries in the state, but few clinics seemed interested in their product’s medical value. Then they made the decision to refocus the business on CBD, the chemical in cannabis the treats many health issues but does not provide a high like THC.

The nuns wanted a business that would sustain their lives, give reverence to the plant and that wasn’t part of the stoner culture.

They use lunar cycles, ancient wisdom, prayer and ritual to make the medicine. There are videos on Youtube showing the sisters working to create their high CBD line of products.

They also sell salves, tinctures and oils on Etsy, which earns them about $10,000 – $12,000 per month. Part of their success is due to the fact that it’s legal to sell their products across state and country lines, since they contain less than 1% THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

You can watch videos of their process on YouTube, where the sisters upload clips from their harvest and show exactly what kind of work goes into their high-CBD product line.

To learn more, check out this story at attn.com.