Last week we reported how a 69-year-old grandmother was arrested for attempting to bring CBD oil into the Magic Kingdom which she obtained legally in North Carolina.
Hester Burkhalter was on vacation from North Carolina when Orange County deputies found the CBD Oil in her bag and detained her. She was arrested and jailed for 12 hours before the charges were dropped.
Hester states that the CBD was recommended from her doctor back in North Carolina for arthritis but after testing the bottle it was determined to contained THC. She was charged was trespassing and possession of hashish which has a $2,000 fine and considered a felony.
Burkhalter hired Florida civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Michele Rayner to represent her.
Crump states that Burkhalter endured illegal detention, false arrest and a violation of her civil rights according to My News 13.
“While Ms. Burkhalter’s charges have since been dropped, her family’s dream vacation will always be remembered as a nightmare complete with 12 hours detained in jail after this false arrest,” the attorneys said in a statement. “We expect better from Walt Disney World and demand a public apology while we pursue all avenues for justice for her.”
“Deputies are responsible for enforcing Florida law and Orange County ordinances,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Although CBD oil is illegal without a prescription, our top drug enforcement priority and focus at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is to get deadly drugs, like heroin and fentanyl, off the streets of our community.”
“The arrest is a law enforcement matter and Ms. Burkhalter’s Walt Disney World trespass charge has been lifted,” said a spokesperson for Walt Disney World.
The Sheriff’s Office legal counsel sent out an email to the agency late last month over the questions surrounding CBD oil.
“Because of the confusion surrounding CBD, deputies are encouraged to consult on-call Narcotics or Legal prior to effectuating an arrest or seizing CBD,” the email stated.
The email also states that Deputies will also receive additional training on the issue.