The county of Los Angeles has granted its first license to Mother Nature’s Remedy of Woodland Hills, issued Jan. 12. As Los Angeles digs through applications, about 620 other statewide applications have been approved for startup, and thousands more await review.

Delivery giant EAZE says 2017 MMJ orders grew 19%, amounting to a new cannabis delivery request every 10 seconds. EAZE’s State of Cannabis annual report is a comprehensive summary of California consumer activity. The report can be found here.

Citing the continued threat to all-cash businesses, the Attorney Generals of 19 states wrote Congress urging the body to tackle the banking access issue for legal cannabis firms. The best vehicle, HR-2215, is the SAFE act introduced by Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter.  The attorneys general said legal banking access would also provide another layer of compliance and transparency in the MJ arena. Another new bill, Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement & Regulation (or REFER) was brought by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif) with co-sponsorship by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Jared Polis (D-C0) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK).

With Vermont set to become the 9th RMJ state, the new governor of New Jersey re-iterated his goal to get a state passed RMJ law by Spring. “A stronger and fairer New Jersey embraces criminal justice reform comprehensively, and that includes a process to legalize marijuana,” said new Democratic governor Phil Murphy, in his inaugural address, Jan. 16.

The 285 pages of permanent rules for Nevada‘s legal cannabis industry were issued last week by the Taxation department. In addition to setting marijuan delivery company rules, the regulations also spell out procedures for the next round of Nevada RMJ/MMJ applicants.

DC Watch: Plans for a “continuing resolution” to Feb. 16th would extend current protections under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment if passed this week. In the event of a government shutdown, observers say the Justice Department could explore federal enforcement against medical marijuana, but are very unlikely to do so.

Separately, an interesting article examines options open to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) in his attempt to pressure AG Jeff Sessions into re-instating the Cole Memo or face a roadblock in DOJ senior-level nominations needing Senate approval. RollCall reports here:

A study of 1700 respondents asking about their marketing and branding preference for cannabis found significant movement of middle-aged females expanding their interest in cannabis for health enhancement. The study was conducted by Canna Ventures, finding that women wanted to consider mairjuana use for reducing anxiety and regulating mood, while most men considered pain relief and “euphoric effects” as their preference. Women want to see medical marijuana “benefits better documented and known.” Among adults, about 48% of men reported using cannabis in their lives (some 13% of men in last 30 days), while 35% of women said they had consumed during their lives (with 7% reporting use in the past 30 days).