Local followup (video and article) on this story, which broke nationally last week…

“A synthetic marijuana extract made 52 people sick drawing the attention of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The illnesses occurred over the winter and the CDC is now asking states to regulate cannabis oil extracts.

The CDC report released last week noted that half of the 52 people tested positive for either a synthetic compound called 4-CCB or Yolo CBD oil.

Troy Turnbow is a volunteer with the Salt Lake Mission. He was around when many in the homeless population became sick from the synthetic cannabis oil.

‘They were having seizures and starting to lose focus,” said Turnbow.’

Jack Wilbur, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Agriculture, said the state is moving in that direction of regulation. In this instance, they are currently writing the rules to allow a low-grade, non-hallucinogenic synthetic oil for medicinal purposes.”

[This regulation writing is based on Senator Vickers’ #SB130 which became law after the ’18 legislative session. Unlike the other “poison pill” Daw and Vickers’ proposals over the last three years, and while still concerned about how and whether a number of the law’s provisions will work (or not), TRUCE did not find as much to criticize as in the other cases and did work on some language with the bill’s supporters.]

“The #CBD oils that are derived from the hemp plant or cannabis plant will be legally available,” Wilbur said. “The products will be registered and labeled for sale in our state.”

A cannabis advocacy group said the black market synthetic oils are a reason why their initiative will make it safer for the public.

TRUCE is supporting a possible ballot initiative for medicinal marijuana.

‘It will allow patients to have access to products that are regulated and tested for not just potency but also … oils that aren’t supposed to be in there, things like synthetics, spice,’ said [TRUCE Board Member] Justin Arriola.

Friday, Arriola’s group will know if their initiative proposal will be certified by the state. If so, the public will vote this fall whether the sale of medicinal marijuana should be allowed in Utah.”

Note: the article leaves out the court suits which are likely to go before a judge if the initiative receives numerical certification. So “final status” may take a good while yet.

#MMJ #UTpol #Spice    

See full article – 52-sickened by bogus marijuana extract oil causing warning from CDC