SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) ̵
The diseases occurred in the winter and the CDC is now required by the states to regulate marijuana oil extracts.
The CDC report released last week found that half of the 52-person population tested positive for a synthetic compound called 4-CCB or Yolo CBD oil
Troy Turnbow is a volunteer with the Salt Lake Mission. He was in the area when many in the homeless population became ill with synthetic cannabis oil.
"They had seizures and started losing focus," Turnbow said.
Jack Wilbur, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture of Utah, said the state is moving in that direction of regulation. In this case, they are currently writing the rules to allow a low-grade, non-hallucinogenic synthetic oil for medical use.
"The CBD oils derived from the hemp plant or cannabis plant are legally available," Wilbur said. "The products are registered in our state and offered for sale."
A cannabis advocacy group said synthetic oils on the black market are one reason why their initiative would make them safer for the public.
The group called TRUCE is supporting a potential medical marijuana drug campaign.
"It will give patients access to products that are not only regulated and tested for potency, but also … oils that should not be there, things like synthetics' spice," said Justin Arriola.
Am On Friday, Arriola's group will know if their initiative proposal is approved by the state, and if so, the public will vote this fall on whether to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Utah.