Will this give an advantage to those operating illegally prior to state licensure?

This process will allow a transition from the old patient/caregiver model to the new regulated model while still protecting patient access to medical marijuana. Applications will be accepted on December 15, 2017, regardless if business activity was conducted prior to that date, and all applicants will have the same application requirements for licensure. Local municipality authorization is required, so not all facilities currently in place will be able to comply with the rules as they may not have municipal authority for the business activity. This process will also allow for unlicensed activity to be reported to LARA and potentially forwarded to the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General.