A drug possession charge has been dropped against the 69-year-old North Carolina woman who was found with a bottle of doctor-recommended CBD oil in her purse at Disney World, according to the Associated Press.
Hester Jordan Burkhalter was stopped and arrested by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy at one of the park’s check points, Fox News reported.
Burkhalter spent 12 hours in jail before she was released on $2,000 bond on April 15, after being charged with possession of hashish, according to WDBO.
She pleaded not guilty in court, and prosecutors said in a court filing that her case “wasn’t suitable for prosecution,” reported the Associated Press.
Burkhalter’s doctor recommended she use CBD oil to help alleviate pain caused by her arthritis, the radio station reported.
“I have really bad arthritis, in my legs, my arms and my shoulder and I used it for the pain, because it helps,” Burkhalter said in a video posted by WOFL.
Even though she had a note of recommendation from her doctor, she was still arrested because CBD oil is illegal in Florida, even though it is sold “across the state,” according to Fox News.
“I didn’t know what to think. I couldn’t understand it,” Burkhalter said in the video. “I didn’t feel like I done nothing wrong. I’ve never had but one speeding ticket in my life. I’ve never been in a jailhouse.”
The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was following the law in making the arrest, even though her peppermint CBD oil contained zero milligrams of THC, WOFL reported.
CBD is extracted from hemp. But unlike marijuana, CBD oil does not contain THC, the active agent that gets people stoned, according to CBS News.