A 69-year-old great-grandmother was arrested at Disney World for possession of “illegal narcotics believed to be THC oil” when she entered the amusement park with a bottle of CBD in her purse. Now she’s suing, and the incident is shining a spotlight on confusing CBD and cannabis laws.
Hester Jordan Burkhalter visited Orlando from North Carolina in April — a trip she had planned for two years. Expecting to walk a lot at the “magic kingdom,” she brought the CBD oil to treat her severe arthritis pain. CBD is rapidly becoming a popular treatment for people who suffer from pain. The hemp-based cannabinoid was recommended by her doctor.
“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms and in my shoulder,” she told Orlando’s Fox 35 News. “I use [CBD] for the pain because it helps.” Burkhalter even had a note from the doctor in her possession when an off-duty Orange County deputy working security for Disney arrested her.
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