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Kirkpatrick named OMMA Director

Travis Kirkpatrick was announced as the new director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority on Wednesday.

Kirkpatrick has served as interim director for the last 90 days. Health Commissioner Gary Cox said he made the decision based on Kirkpatrick’s leadership at the authority over the last few months.

“We are excited about the leadership of Travis and his focus on being an efficient and effective organization that serves the citizens of the state," Cox said. "During his three months, Kirkpatrick has reopened the call center, which is now handling approximately 300 calls a day, hired a compliance manager to ensure the dispensaries across the state are in compliance with state laws, and worked to open the lines of communication with the business community and the patients.”

Kirkpatrick issued a statement outlining his goals within the organization.

"My goal is to continue to work with the patients, dispensary owners and growers as this authority meets the guidelines set out by the voters and by the Legislature,” Kirkpatrick said.

Capitol Hill Florist acquires Jewel Box Florist

Capitol Hill Florist has purchased Jewel Box Florist, the companies announced Wednesday.

Capitol Hill Florist officials said they are committed to providing Jewel Box customers with the service they have received from Jewel Box and the Nettle Family since 1961.

"We look forward to serving Jewel Box customers and have successfully served the Oklahoma City metro area for over 88 years," said Kent Whitnah, owner of Capitol Hill Florist. "Our fleet of eight delivery vehicles (including two that run on CNG) stands ready for the incremental additional impact of orders expected by the merger."

Whitnah's grandfather Chester opened Capitol Hill Florist in 1932. All of Capitol Hill Florist's arrangements are professionally hand designed and personally hand delivered.

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Internship fair scheduled at UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Career Development Center's 2020 Spring Career and Internship Fair is set from noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Nigh University Center ballrooms.

The event is designed to provide an opportunity for students and alumni to connect with potential full-time employment and internship opportunities. Employers will represent a wide range of organizations and graduate programs recruiting all majors.

“This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers who are looking to hire students and alumni,” said Elizabeth Enck, director of the Career Development Center.

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