Governor Stitt Appoints Adria Berry as Executive Director of OMMA
Governor Kevin Stitt today announced Adria Berry has been appointed to serve as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) which will officially transition to an independent state agency on November 1, 2022, per SB 1543.
“For over a year Adria Berry has been leading Oklahoma’s efforts to enforce our laws and crack down on the marijuana black market,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “Now that OMMA is becoming a stand-alone agency, I am pleased to officially appoint Adria as executive director and have full confidence in her continued leadership and dedication to get the medical marijuana industry under control and keep our communities safe.”
“I am honored by this appointment and it is an incredible privilege to serve my home state in this capacity,” said Adria Berry. “Building up OMMA as a gold standard state agency that prioritizes consumer protection, equitable enforcement, and quality service is both uniquely challenging and exceptionally rewarding. I am honored to lead this effort and will work tirelessly to execute OMMA’s mission to ensure there are no cracks in our state’s medical marijuana industry for criminals and bad actors.”
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) Director Donnie Anderson added: “The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has worked closely with our partners at OMMA as my agency continues to target and dismantle criminal organizations operating within the state’s medical marijuana program. Under Director Berry’s leadership, OMMA has increased inspections and administrative actions allowing both of our agencies to be successful in our common goal of ensuring compliance. I look forward to continuing our partnership with Director Berry and her team under the newly-structured OMMA.”
Secretary of Public Safety Tricia Everest, who will oversee OMMA, added: “Adria Berry took the reins at a time the industry operated without necessary guardrails and she worked extensively with OBN, Fire Marshall, county and local law enforcement to extinguish the illegal activity while improving the legal distribution. I applaud her selection as the first Director of the independent OMMA and look forward to OMMA working with all our agencies to protect Oklahomans.”