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Great-Grandmother Arrested at Disney World


Added 05-21-19 06:04:02pm EST - “Thrown in the slammer over a harmless, natural substance” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Great-Grandmother Arrested at Disney World | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A  69-year-old great grandmother spent twelve hours in jail last month after she was arrested at Disney World because security officials found CBD oil (cannabidiol) in her purse that she had reportedly been using to alleviate her arthritis.

Although CBD is derived from cannabis, it doesn’t contain any THC, the psychoactive component that’s found in regular marijuana. So basically, this poor old woman had to spend time in the slammer for possession of something that can’t even get you high. On top of that, CBD is legal in North Carolina, the woman’s home state — and widely available in stores, though it’s still technically illegal in Florida itself.

“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms, and in my shoulder,” the woman, Hester Burkhalter, told Orlando’s local Fox affiliate. “I use [CBD oil] for the pain because it helps.”

In other words, Burkhalter was trying to use a harmless, natural substance to help keep her physical pain in check enough for her to enjoy some quality time at the Happiest Place on Earth, and she was thrown into jail like a criminal because of it. Oh, and it gets worse: She reportedly had a doctor’s note with her in her purse in addition to the CBD.

Although the charges against Burkhalter have been dropped — as they should have been — this woman should not have had to spend any time in jail over this in the first place. Presumably for this reason, her attorney, Benjamin Crump, said he is planning to sue both the Orange County Sheriff’s office and Disney on her behalf, arguing that she had endured “illegal detention, false arrest, and a violation of her civil rights.”

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