California, other states mull 'sanctuary' status for cannabis businesses

Excepts from a report by ABC News...

• Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized cannabis are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed cannabis businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy.

• Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on cannabis operations as they see fit, the city of Berkeley, California, declared itself a sanctuary city on cannabis, barring city officials from cooperating with federal authorities.

• Others may soon follow Berkeley's lead: CaliforniaAlaska, and Massachusetts lawmakers are among those with similar bills pending, though the chances for passage is unclear.