US (OK): MMJ authority gets its fourth director in three years

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority got its fourth director in three years of existence Wednesday with the announcement that Gov. Kevin Stitt has replaced Kelly Williams with Adria Berry, one of his former staffers who most recently has been a lobbyist for the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma.

In a separate announcement, the OMMA said Williams “will continue to work with the agency, providing her expertise and guidance.”

Stitt’s office said Berry’s appointment is a response to reports from law enforcement and others that Oklahoma’s fledgling medical cannabis business, and especially grow operations, are being taken over by criminal enterprises.
 
“I am committed to tackling the major challenges that the explosion of cannabis in Oklahoma is causing across our state,” Stitt said in a press release. “Foreign nationals are gobbling up land in rural communities and drug traffickers are exploiting our laws and threatening our public safety.”

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