The Center of Disease Control has released a report after 52 people were poisoned by a synthetic cannabis extract in Utah. The government bureau’s findings included the chemical compounds in the bogus concentrate, and some in the state government are now moving toward regulation to stop similar episodes from happening in the future.

Over the winter, a bad batch of concentrate got onto the streets of Utah. Troy Turnbow, a volunteer at the Salt Lake City Mission, said he witnessed the effects of the synthetic extract on the homeless population. “They were having seizures and starting to lose focus,” Turnbow told News4Utah.

A report released by the CDC last week found that half of the people who reported negative side effects from the bad batch tested positive either for the synthetic compound 4-CCB or Yolo CBD Oil.

Local cannabis advocates who have launched a proposal a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana say, if their plan goes ahead, it could make the public safer. “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,” Justin Arriola told News 4.

Arriola’s group TRUCE may have support in the state government. Jack Wilbur, spokesperson for the Utah Department of Agriculture, said that the state is working on regulations to allow for medicinal CBD oil in the state. “The CBD oils that are derived from the hemp plant or cannabis plant will be legally available,” he said.  “The products will be registered and labeled for sale in our state.”

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