For many, a trip to Disney World is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with some planning their trips years in advance. Sometimes, even a small change in plans—like a delayed flight or a thunderstorm—can result in a big loss when it comes to both money and fun.
For one great-grandmother, her trip to the most magical place on earth turned into a nightmare.
The 69-year-old woman from North Carolina was visiting Disney World when she was arrested after an Orange County Deputy discovered CBD oil in her purse. The great-grandmother, Hester Jordan Burkhalter, had been using CBD oil to treat arthritis on a recommendation from her doctor. She was even prepared with a note from her doctor in case of this very situation.
But despite the note, Burkhalter, who hasn’t had so much as a speeding ticket in her entire life, spent the next 12 hours behind bars before eventually being released on a $2,000 bond.
Burkhalter, who had been planning the trip to Disney World for two years, told Fox 35:
I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms and in my shoulder. I use [CBD oil] for the pain because it helps.
CBD oil is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants (or Cannabis sativa). It has been shown to aid users in the treatment of anxiety, arthritis, pain, depression, and more and is being used with increasingly frequency to relieve pain associated with both cancer and cancer treatment. And while it is sold in stores across Florida, it is technically illegal in the Sunshine State. Those requiring the use of CBD oil can, however, obtain it with a prescription.
Thankfully the charges against Burkhalter were dropped, but not before her arrest brought to light what Jennifer Synnamon, the great-grandmother’s attorney, explained to Fox 35:
A little drop of oil, with the CBD, is a felony. Meanwhile, you can have up to 19.9 grams of leaf-marijuana, and it’s a first-degree misdemeanor.'
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