Apparently, you can or at least that’s what happened to a 69-year-old-woman. Hester Jordan Burkhalter, a great grandmother from Tennesse was visiting Disney, a trip she had planned on for two years. According to the article posted on foxnews.com Burkhalter was arrested for possession of CBD oil and spent 12 hours behind bars before being released on a $2,000 bond.
Burkhalter told Fox 35, “I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms and in my shoulder,” and that she would “. . .use (CBD oil) for the pain because it helps.”
Despite the fact that it’s sold on store shelves across the state, CBD oil is still technically illegal in the state of Florida (unless the user has a prescription). This has created a confusing situation in the Sunshine State.
Jennifer Synnamon, a Florida attorney, told Fox 35, “a little drop of oil, with the CBD, is a felony. Meanwhile, you can have up to 19.9 grams of leaf-marijuana, and it’s a first-degree misdemeanor.”While the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 35 that their deputy was just following the law, the charges against Burkhalter were eventually dropped.
In a statement provided to Fox News, Burkhalter’s lawyer Jennifer Synnamon said “I’m very disappointed that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office handled the situation the way they did. Why Sheriff Mina would support his deputies using their resources for a CBD oil arrest of a 69-year-old woman, but then won’t do anything about the gas stations, health food stores, drug stores, etc. that are selling it to the open public is absolutely beyond my comprehension. The State of Florida finds nothing wrong with collecting the sales tax on illegal products, but they allow prosecution for possession of the same. I want to commend Aramis Ayala’s office for reviewing the case and swiftly determining that they would not prosecute.”
In our opinion from the information we’ve seen, it was a bit unfair to treat Burkhalter in that manner. Yes, there is a bit of a grey area when it comes to CBD but the numerous possible health benefits that continue to emerge and spread should outweigh it being “technically illegal”. We believe that CBD is mistakenly thought of as a way to get high when in fact it is not. In our recent issue, Your CBD Store provided us with some great information concerning CBD while promoting their upcoming GRAND OPENING on Saturday, May 11th.
For more information, we strongly urge you to visit the store or call, (904) 204-4505 to speak with the owner, Delilah or her staff. They are full of information and can help clear up any confusion that you may have associated with CBD.