Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
FILE - State Sen. Evan J. Vickers speak during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill regulating the distribution and sale of CBD oil passed the House Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

SB130 would require manufacturers and retailers to register CBD oil products with the state Department of Agriculture to ensure the product inside is in fact that, and not a placebo or an oil additionally laced with dangerous substance, according to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City.

The bill would also seek a federal waiver allowing doctors to recommend any CBD oil that is grown under the state's supervision and sold through a pharmacy, according to Vickers.

The product is technically illegal under federal law but is already sold throughout Utah. Vickers has said there have been many instances of poisoning due to imitator substances purporting to be CBD oil.

Pure CBD oil, derived from hemp grade cannabis, is not psychoactive.

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Rep. Edward Redd, R-Logan, expressed concerns about the bill's inability to enact regulations over CBD oil products imported to the state via online orders, but said he would support the measure.

The Utah Medical Association, conservative groups Sutherland Institute and Utah Eagle Forum, the Department of Agriculture, and cannabis company MED 7 all testified in favor of SB130.

The bill was recommended favorably by a unanimous committee vote and will next be heard in the full House of Representatives. It was approved unanimously by the Senate last week.