The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) is the regulatory agency for Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program. OMMA is part of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Oklahoma voters authorized the state’s medical marijuana program in 2018 with State Question 788. SQ 788 created OMMA and the state laws that started the industry. OMMA’s rules are based on those state laws, and subsequent amendments and new state laws passed by the Oklahoma Legislature and signed by the Governor.
OMMA is responsible for processing commercial and patient license applications, providing customer service to licensees and applicants, facilitating the rulemaking process based on state statutes, enforcing our rules, investigating possible violations of medical marijuana laws and more.
Structure and Staff
OMMA’s Executive Director is the chief executive and administrative officer managing OMMA’s operations and staff.
OMMA’s Executive Director is Adria Berry. Executive Director Berry is a licensed attorney in Oklahoma and Texas with extensive experience in government affairs and public policy. In addition to working as an educator, volunteering, and writing for state and local publications, Berry has spent much of her career representing and lobbying on behalf of businesses and trade associations. She was a member of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s senior staff, serving Oklahomans as a policy advisor and Counselor to the Secretary of State. Gov. Stitt named her OMMA Executive Director in August 2021 and strives to implement sound policy for all Oklahomans.
The Executive Director’s Office includes a Deputy Director, who oversees the Policy program area. The Policy team works with the Legislature to represent OMMA’s interests at the state Capitol, helps establish policies and procedures, guides the rulemaking process, and more.
The Executive Director’s Office also includes administrative employees and the Senior Legal Counsel, who manages a team of staff attorneys representing OMMA in legal actions, providing legal support to other departments and more. The rest of OMMA’s staff and program areas are in seven departments:
- The Communications Department manages OMMA’s external and internal communications, including the Call Center, website, social media, newsletters and media relations, and helps to facilitate connections between other state agencies.
- The Compliance Department is responsible for grower, processor and dispensary compliance inspections across the state, and coordinating with other departments on compliance-related investigations, licensing issues, public outreach and more.
- The Enforcement Department has CLEET-certified law enforcement officers to investigate possible criminal activity involving Oklahoma’s medical marijuana laws.
- The Finance Department conducts annual audits for commercial licensees and oversees OMMA’s budget.
- The Laboratory Oversight Department oversees the state’s quality assurance laboratory, inspects licensed testing laboratories, coordinates testing programs and more.
- The Licensing Department is responsible for processing patient and commercial license applications, and working with related vendors.
- The Operations Department’s responsibilities include facilitating the hiring and onboarding process for OMMA employees, managing OMMA’s data systems, coordinating with OSDH HR, and establishing and maintaining internal processes, including quality assurance and training.
The Medical Marijuana Advisory Council (MMAC) is OMMA’s advisory council responsible for reviewing safety laws and rules, and if necessary makes recommendations about safety standards to the state Health Board or Health Commissioner. The Health Commissioner appoints the MMAC’s members, who have relevant industry experience.
Find email addresses and the Call Center phone number on our contact us page.
Funding and Budget
SQ 788 authorized a 7% excise tax on retail sales of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products – sales from dispensaries to patients. It also authorized OMMA to collect fees for license applications.
As of right now, the first $65 million collected in SQ 788 taxes for the year gets split between the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund (59.23%), OMMA (34.62%) and the Health Department (6.15%). This means OMMA may receive up to around $22.5 million from SQ 788 tax revenue each year. OMMA uses this revenue to fund our operations, materials, contracts, equipment and salaries. Any SQ 788 tax collected in excess of $65 million for the year goes to the General Revenue Fund of the State Treasury. The apportionment was laid out in Senate Bill 229.
Retail sales also are subject to state and local sales tax. The sales tax revenue goes to local governments, and other parts of the state government. OMMA doesn't receive that money.
So far, OMMA’s authorized revenue has exceeded our authorized budget in every fiscal year. The difference is then available to the Legislature for discretionary spending on other core state services. For example, about $67.5 million of the difference has been allocated to Common Education since FY 2020.
OMMA’s budget includes expenses on personnel, contracts, equipment, supplies and more. Contract expenses include licensing software, a quality assurance laboratory and services from other state agencies.
Check out our High Points episode on YouTube with more details on OMMA's revenue and budget.
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