US (OK): MMJ authority director seeks to hire more inspectors and create more regulations for industry

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is creating new policies and hiring more inspectors as the industry booms. The agency’s new director, Adria Berry calls it a “hard reset” of the agency.

OMMA will hire 40 more compliance inspectors by Dec. 1. In addition, the agency will bring on six peace officers to work in conjunction with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to investigate illegal cannabis operations.

As it stands now, just under 40% of the state’s 8,630 growers have been inspected this year, Berry says. “We absolutely do not have enough compliance inspectors on staff to keep up with the growth of the license numbers we've seen,” Berry said. “We've had a 25% increase in industry license applications in the last year.”

Barrett Brown, OMMA deputy director and legislative liaison, says they are also setting up working groups to find solutions to challenges in the industry related to the environment, business, safety, and law.

Read more at https://www.kosu.org


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