Woman Arrested at Disney World For Possession of CBD Oil

Hester Burkhalter (Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

by Michael John Scott

It’s getting crazy out there, especially if you are visiting Disney World and have CBD oil in your purse.

Hester Burkhalter, an arthritic grandmother, says she’s never had so much as a speeding ticket. But while on a trip to Disney World, the 69-year-old great-grandmother spent 12 hours in jail and faced a felony charge stemming from a bottle of CBD oil, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

An arrest warrant describes “illegal narcotics believed to be THC oil” found in Burkhalter’s purse at a bag check outside the Magic Kingdom on April 15, per USA Today.

Though the Orange County Sheriff’s Office claims a drug test kit found evidence of THC, the psychoactive property in marijuana, the 1-ounce bottle of “Select CBD” prescribed by Burkhalter’s North Carolina doctor stated it contained none.

“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms, and in my shoulder. I use it for the pain because it helps,” Burkhalter tells Fox 35.

She’s not the only one. CBD-infused products can be found on store shelves throughout Florida and other states. CBD “falls into a gray area in Florida law, though it’s rare to see someone arrested for possession,” the Times reports.

Per the Miami Herald, the state legislature last week passed a bill that would create a hemp program, but it has yet to be signed into law. Burkhalter—who carried her prescription on the trip, which was two years in the making—was arrested for possession of hashish and released on $2,000 bail before the charge was dropped.

Still, Capt. Carlos Torres says the arresting officer “certainly acted within the scope of the law,” per People. “[Buying CBD oil] is a risk because you don’t know what you’re buying,” he says. “Buying it at a store doesn’t make it okay.”

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6 Responses to Woman Arrested at Disney World For Possession of CBD Oil

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Traces of THC, my ass. She should sue. Unless they can prove it’s enough to be usable or that she knowingly bought it, it’s no more than harassment, IMO.

    The ghost of Harry Anslinger – that racist piece of crap is still defecating on truth and justice after nearly a hundred years. Cannabis prohibition was a lie, a fraud and a scam to keep the out of work prohibition industry employed. He admitted that it was a deliberate attack on Mexicans and designed to lock them up at will, just as Nixon’s Haldeman admitted that the war on drugs was a tool in suppressing minorities and civil rights protesters. Nixon hired a panel to investigate, as you all know and then fired them when they reported there was no reason to ban it. It’s all been a pack of lies and millions of lives have been ruined by it.

    Creating crimes to have something to prosecute and profit from is a crime in itself. Lying to Congress to get them to pass laws is as well.

  2. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I agree she should sue, and with the rest of what you wrote for that matter.

  3. Dr. Mark Bear Reply

    May 10, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I was under the impression that it was legalized in Florida: Did I miss something?

  4. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

    This article contains more information than you would probably need but it answers your question Mark:


  5. jess Reply

    May 10, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    What Glenn said.

  6. Bill Formby Reply

    May 10, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    What Glenn said and Jess and Mike supported x 2

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