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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, photo, a syringe loaded with a dose of CBD oil is shown in a research laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would instruct the Utah Department of Agriculture to regulate the distribution and sale of CBD oil, as well as allow for physicians to recommend the substance to their patients, passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday with a favorable recommendation.

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SB130, called the Cannabidiol Product Act, would help the state rein in problems of unreliable labeling of products purporting to be CBD oil while simultaneously increasing access to the product for those who need it, said sponsor Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City.

According to the Utah Poison Control Center, dozens of Utahns have reported falling ill since November due to using products they thought were natural CBD oil but were in fact synthetic compounds.

Although technically prohibited by federal law, the sale of CBD oil is widespread in Utah, and imitator substances are also commonly sold, according to Vickers.

The seven present members of the committee favorably recommended SB130 by a unanimous vote.

— Ben Lockhart