Snohomish County considers new rules for marijuana businesses

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish County Council is looking for more input from the public as it looks to make permanent rules for marijuana businesses.

Voters in 2012 voted to make recreational marijuana legal.

The Daily Herald in Everett reports that Washington's third most-populous county is considering requiring various types of permits for marijuana growers and processors, based on the state's three-tiered system for different sizes of operations.

One idea would require a public hearing process and approval by the county hearing examiner.

Another would leave permitting of marijuana businesses up to the county planning department.

The other options are to prohibit all marijuana operations — or allow them without requiring special permits.

The council on March 4 extended for six months a moratorium on new marijuana businesses in certain rural areas.