Oklahoma: New OMMA Director Named

OKLAHOMA:  Oklahoma State Department of Health Commissioner Lance Frye is naming Dr. Kelly Williams the Director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Williams is a lifelong Oklahoman with a Psychology degree from Oklahoma City University and both a Masters and PhD in Quantitative Psychology from the University Of Oklahoma. Prior to joining the state, she was Oklahoma City University’s Institutional Research Director.

Dr. Williams joined the OMMA in February of 2020 as Deputy Director and was named Interim Director in August. Her background in analytics has helped to make the agency highly productive in an ever changing industry. She has increased compliance activity with the advent of the Quality Assurance Lab and the recently announced Seed to Sale tracking system that will be implemented in the coming month.

“We are working on a variety of initiatives to address industry, patient, and regulator concerns. In the year I have spent at OMMA, I have been learning about the agency and the industry in order to set some goals for the agency and to move it forward.” Dr. Williams added, ”I work with a wonderful team that is deeply committed to patient safety.”

Dr. Williams follows former Director Travis Kirkpatrick, who now serves as a Deputy Commissioner of Health. He also praised Dr. Williams and her ability; “This program has seen exponential positive growth and change which I know will continue under Dr. Williams’ direction. I trust her leadership skills to work with the talented staff and implement the changes necessary to balance public safety and business continuity as we take the next transformative step forward for the nearly 400,000 licensees we serve.”