OMMA Legal Intern

Recruitment #210225-UNCE-71


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a Legal Intern providing support to Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. The hourly rate for this position is up to $22.60 based on education and experience.

Position Description
The Legal Intern position works with OMMA management and OSDH legal staff to assure compliance research and activities are conducted in their assigned areas of responsibility, projects, and programs, on a regular and consistent basis. Specifically, the Legal Intern works to receive, analyze, respond and refer OMMA complaints, which may include initiating the investigation processes. The Legal Intern position also provides research, analysis and direct correspondence to incoming complaints and inquiries. The Legal Intern assists the OMMA Compliance Manager and OSDH legal staff in creating, processing and tracking various OMMA notices (including but not limited to Notice of Violation and Notice of Complaint,) and administrative or court filings.  The Legal Intern may assist with preparation for administrative hearings and court cases and processing of penalties, including but not limited to revocations or fines.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Coordinates the action necessary to assure implementation and evaluation of inspection procedures for medical marijuana licensees, as required by state laws and rules.
•Coordinates activities and efforts by conducting research, developing a repository of compliance analysis, and consulting with management to ensure that rules and compliance procedures are clearly communicated across OMMA personnel and OSDH legal staff within a prescribed time frame and resource parameter.
•Evaluates and ensures standardization of OMMA complaint referrals and their processing protocols and response processes.
•Reviews the quality assurance methods used to validate that Compliance Inspectors are properly conducting inspections in accordance with state laws and rules.
•Serves as point person for compliance staff inquiries and inquiries from OMMA licensees and the public.  This includes performing analysis of the rules and laws, providing follow-up correspondence, and generating compliance case file documentation, which may lead to administrative action.
•Assists OSDH legal staff with research in preparation of administrative hearings and court cases.
•Receives and processes licensee complaints, coordinating with the OMMA Compliance Manager and Lead Coordinator to research, investigate, analyze and make recommendations to the appropriate parties.
•Seeks clarification of issues, escalates high risk complaints and provides feedback. Makes recommendations for the accomplishment of objectives.
•Oversees and assures compliance with various areas of the OMMA program and gathers, reconciles and prepares documents.
•Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing; demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with peers and partners; and uses computer software to organize data, respond to inquiries and generate reports.
•Ensures a collaborative and team-based work environment.
•Develops and maintains adherence with agency personnel policies and practices.
•Maintains effective working relationships with others.
•Other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:
•Demonstrates knowledge of and supports the OSDH mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience
Must be a student enrolled in an accredited legal studies program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge – Operational procedure adherence, rules pertaining to state laws and mandates, rules and regulations governing medical marijuana, rules and regulations governing food establishments, administrative principles and practices, data analysis, ad hoc research, program management and business administration.

Skills – Written and verbal communication, relationship building, time management, leadership, performance evaluation, reporting, public speaking, decision making, attention to detail, teamwork, planning, computer skills and multi-tasking.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Office environment.
Computer based.
Travel required.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

The OSDH in conjunction with Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority - OMMA shall not employ an individual if any of the following circumstances exist:

a)     The individual has a direct or indirect interest in a licensed medical marijuana business; or
b)     The individual or his or her spouse, parent, child, spouse of a child, sibling, or spouse of a sibling has an application for a medical marijuana business license pending before the Department or is a member of the board of directors of a medical marijuana business, or is an individual financially interested in any licensee or medical marijuana business.



Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.