Lake Buena Vista, Fla — A 69-year-old North Carolina woman was booked in the Orange County Jail on possession of hashish after a Orange County Deputy found CBD oil in her purse at a Disney World checkpoint.
She reportedly had the oil because her doctor said it would help her arthritis.
Hester Jordan Burkhalter was arrested on April 15, 2019 and spent 12 hours behind bars before bonding out on $2000.00.
Her charges were dropped, but her experience raises the question about why CBD oil is on store shelves in many forms in Florida but it is a felony to possess.
This is the so-called grey zone.
The 2018 federal Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp on the federal level, on the state level SB 1020 will establish Florida's first hemp program.
The bill has yet to take effect.
Until it does, the Commissioner of Agriculture cannot create a state program to regulate hemp and CBD,and the products will remain illegal.
Keep in mind while Burkhalter was charged with a felony, if she had possessed less than 19 grams of leaf marijuana, she would have been charged with a misdemeanor.
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