August 19, 2021
Oklahoma’s marijuana regulator has hired another director, the fourth in the past three years.
According to The Oklahoman, the state medical marijuana agency (OMMA) chose Adria Berry to replace Kelly Williams, who served as director for nearly a year.
Berry, an attorney who advised Governor Kevin Stitt on cannabis policy while working for the Oklahoma Secretary of State, will take up her new role on Aug. 30.
Three years after legalization, Oklahoma’s medical marijuana market is booming, with a total of more than 12,500 business licenses in the state.
Berry is taking over a regulator struggling to hire enough inspectors to keep pace with business growth, as well as a program with no working system to track seed-to-sale.
Williams, who was appointed interim director in 2020, was driven by Travis Kirkpatrick (2019) and Adrienne Rollins (2018).