When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum in January, the cannabis industry was left reeling. In the case of the City of Berkeley, California, they fought back. In February the city announced they would become a sanctuary for cannabis businesses, refusing to help the federal government make waves in the industry.\r\n\r\nIn a tweet, Mayor Jesse Arregu\u00edn wrote, \u201cIn light of threats by Attorney General Sessions regarding a misguided crackdown on our democratic decision to legalize recreational cannabis, we have become what may be the first city in the country to declare ourselves a sanctuary city for cannabis.\u201d\r\n\r\nUnder the new resolution, the City of Berkeley proclaimed that no department, agency, commission, office or employee \u201cshall use any city funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal drug laws related to cannabis.\u201d The resolution went on to read: \u201cThe city of Berkeley does not support cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration in its efforts to undermine state and local marijuana laws.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnd Berkeley isn\u2019t alone. Massachusetts State Representatives Dave Rogers and Mike Connolly filed a bill called the \u201cRefusal of Compliance Act.\u201d This legislation would prevent local and state authorities from enforcing federal law if the individuals follow state cannabis laws. And while it hasn\u2019t been approved as of this writing, it\u2019s a step in the right direction.\r\n\r\n"The changed\u00a0policy roiled the waters in these places where marijuana is legal," Rogers told Newsweek. "If the FBI or federal cops or the U.S. attorney want to pursue these cases, perhaps that\u2019s their prerogative. But they will get no help at all from state or local police."\r\n\r\nDo these sanctuaries represent a new trend in the industry?\r\nAccording to Lezli Engelking, Founder and CEO of FOCUS,The Cannabis Health and Safety Organization, it\u2019s a distinct possibility. \u201cMost cannabis regulations are \u2018me too\u2019 regulations, meaning the regulations are developed based on the things they have seen other jurisdictions implement,\u201d she remarked. \u201cThus, it would not surprise me to see other jurisdictions within California mimic this move by Berkeley. Beyond California though, it will vary by state.\u201d\r\nWhat could this wave of cannabis support do for the industry?\r\nFor one thing, it hinders the government\u2019s ability to cause trouble and frighten legitimate users with scare tactics. That\u2019s all Serge Chistov, a Financial Partner of the Honest Marijuana Company, sees Attorney General Sessions\u2019 statement as.\r\n\r\n\u201cI believe the intention is to scare,\u201d stated Chistov. \u201cListen, the way the marijuana business is controlled right now, if it is controlled or regulated, is no different than the alcohol industry or any other controlled substances. Despite the fact that Sessions dislikes the industry and believes cannabis\u00a0is a gateway drug . . . we believe the bark is louder than the bite. If he wanted to act on the matter, he probably would have done it by now.\u201d\r\n\r\nChistov also argues that cannabis is too profitable for its legal status to come under scrutiny by the federal government\u2014sanctuary or not. The states that have passed cannabis have already worked the resulting taxes into their budget, and the government would have no way to supplement that income if they took it away. In addition, Chistov questions if rolling back legalization would even work.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf [Sessions] went backwards, it would not stop people from consuming. It never did, throughout all the\u00a0years of prohibition,\u201d explained Chistov. \u201cWe would just simply transition billions\u00a0of dollars from the pockets of the states back into the pockets of the cartels. That would be a challenging battle to fight for Sessions and the administration. I don\u2019t think they are up for it.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor now, we\u2019ll just have to wait and see, though it doesn\u2019t seem like the marijuana industry is going anywhere, no matter what Sessions says. \u201cI don't think that the use of any marijuana will be affected,\u201d argued Chistov. \u201cThe fact is,\u00a0we are legalizing something that people have been using for hundreds of\u00a0years legally or illegally. If anyone thinks that\u00a0by signing [a] law they will stop people from consuming cannabis, they are\u00a0funnier than they think they are.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSeattle Mayor Jenny Durkan also pushed back against Sessions\u2019 announcement in a statement.\u201cLet\u2019s be clear," said Durkan. "Our Seattle Police Department will not participate in any enforcement action related to legal businesses or small personal possession of marijuana by adults. Federal law enforcement will find no partner with Seattle to enforce the rollback of these provisions."