ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WNCN) – A 69-year-old grandmother is demanding an apology for her arrest at a Walt Disney World security checkpoint last month after a guard found CBD oil while searching her purse.
Hester Burkhalter has hired high-profile attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon Martin’s family.
Crump said Tuesday that Disney World and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office “need to take responsibility for their actions” or he will file a lawsuit on the North Carolina woman’s behalf, alleging violations of her civil rights.
The sheriff’s office said in an emailed statement that the arrest was lawful. Disney said in an emailed statement the incident was a law enforcement matter.
Prosecutors dropped a drug charge against Burkhalter, saying it wasn’t suitable for prosecution.
The oil is extracted from marijuana plants but doesn’t produce a high.
The employee said he found the THC oil, labeled “Select CBD” in the purse of Burkhalter when she put it on a table for inspection.
When the employee asked Burkhalter if it was CBD oil, she allegedly stated, “Is there a problem?”
She refused to answer if the bottle contained CBD oil.
The Orange County deputy tested the bottled using a marijuana presumptive drug test kit and received a positive result for the presence of THC.
Burkhalter was arrested for possession of hashish and trespassed from Disney property, but the charges were later dropped.
Burkhalter told investigators that her doctor suggested she use the oil to treat arthritis. According to her attorney, Burkhalter’s doctor faxed a copy of a prescription to Orange County the day of her arrest.