A North Carolina great-grandmother is taking legal action against Disney World in a $18 million claim after she was apprehended for having CBD oil in her bag at the park.
Hester Burkhalter, 69, was apprehended on April 15, 2019 when Disney security discovered a vial of cannabinoid oil, or CBD oil, in her purse when she handed it to be searched at Magic Kingdom, where she was visiting with her two adopted children.
The new claim was announced Wednesday by prominent civil liberties lawyer Ben Crump, who also represents the cases of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, versus Disney, the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Constable’s Department.
They allege Burkhalter was wrongfully apprehended and apprehended for the oil, which was for medicinal functions for her arthritis and did not include THC.
North Carolina great-grandmother Hester Burkhalter, 69, is taking legal action against Disney World after she was apprehended for having CBD oil in her bag in April 2019 in a $18 million claim. In the event she was detained and scheduled in a Florida prison on a state felony charge of ownership of marijuana concentrates. Pictured right with husband Art
Burkhalter was detained on April 15, 2019 when Disney security discovered a vial of cannabinoid oil, or CBD oil, in her purse when she commended be browsed at Magic Kingdom, where she was checking out with her two adopted kids
Burkhalter stated she was shocked by the arrest where she was handcuffed In front of her eight-year-old and 10- year-old children, taken to jail, and forced to strip for a cavity search.
She stated she likewise had a panic attack while in authorities custody and threw up.
‘ It was the most humiliating day of my life,’ Burkhalter stated Wednesday.
‘ I even told them that I might not breathe before I lastly went out,’ she added.
She’s seeking more than $18 million in damages citing assault and battery, unlawful arrest, imprisonment, and psychological distress to name a few claims.
The fit requests $6million in countervailing damages and $12 million in compensatory damages for Burkhalter, along with millions of extra dollars for her family, according to the July 29 problem.
The arrest was tape-recorded on bodycam video by Orange County Constable’s Office deputies.
Video of Burkhalter’s arrest reveals her say ‘I have actually never done this prior to’ as Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies cuff her and place her in a squad car
She was apprehended for ownership of hashish and trespassed from Disney home. Those charges were later dropped
Burkhalter stated she was traumatized by the arrest where she was handcuffed In front of her eight-year-old and 10- year-old kids, required to jail, and forced to strip for a cavity search
She was jailed for belongings of hashish and trespassed from Disney property. Those charges were later dropped.
Burkhalter stated she has arthritis and her physician informed her to try the oil because it would help.
Nevertheless, it is unlawful to have CBD oil in the state of Florida without a medical marijuana card.
Federally the oil, which is extracted from the flowers of marijuana plants however doesn’t produce a high, is legal.
When asked if her compound consisted of THC, Burkhalter stated she did not know, although the bottle checked out 0 percent THC, according to the complaint.
Burkhalter’s CBD oil prescription (above) declares to have no THC material, however Orange County Sheriff’s deputies checked the oil and alleged that there were traces of THC
‘ Disney’s stated objective is to make everyone’s dreams become a reality. Rather, they turned a harmless granny’s expensive Disney getaway into a headache by treating her like a criminal,’ her attorney Ben Crump said. Crump envisioned July 15
An Orange County deputy tested the bottle of her oil twice using a marijuana presumptive drug test package and got a first negative result then a favorable outcome for the presence of THC, according to CNN
Crump stated they have asked Disney for an apology but it has actually not offered.
Disney is yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s ask for remark.
Crump stated the Orange County Constable’s Workplace has been mostly quiet other than in attempting to ‘safeguard their indefensible actions.’
‘ Disney’s stated objective is to make everybody’s dreams become a reality. Rather, they turned a harmless granny’s expensive Disney holiday into a headache by treating her like a criminal with the complete involvement of the Orange County Constable’s Workplace,’ Crump stated in a declaration shared with DailyMail.com.
‘ We have actually provided Disney and Orange County a number of chances to own their errors and make this. The conceit, complacency and lack of business responsibility demonstrated by these organizations require correction and justice,’ he added.