ORLANDO, Fla. – A grandmother who was arrested outdoors Walt Disney Globe following possessing CBD oil on home is suing the theme park business — and she’s taking her case to federal court.
Hester Burkhalter, 69, was arrested in April 2019 following Disney safety located a bottle of CBD oil when looking her purse at a safety checkpoint. She has because filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Globe, with her group of attorneys requesting to move the case out of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County and move it to a greater court.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump is representing Burkhalter and filed the suit against the Orlando Police Division and the Orange County Sheriff’s Workplace. Crump is most notably identified for representing the household of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
In the suit, Burkhalter is alleging assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment and defamation and emotional distress, according to Crump’s law firm.
[RELATED: Charges dropped against great-grandma with CBD oil at Disney World]
She is requesting additional than $18 million in damages, plus added damages, for her husband and other household members who have been vacationing at the theme park with her.
In the suit, Burkhalter says it was humiliating to be taken into custody outdoors of Disney in front of her young children and grandchildren, all of whom have been going to from North Carolina. She and her group of lawyers have requested to move her case out of Florida because she does not reside there and Walt Disney Globe is not headquartered in the region.
Burkhalter went on to state that she panicked when becoming placed in the back of a police car or truck and started vomiting. She claims that she was denied health-related consideration and subjected to a miserable 15-hour ordeal.
The grandmother added that she was additional humiliated since the officers allegedly produced her strip down at the jail to be searched.
Disney does not let marijuana or marijuana-like substances on its properties. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers of marijuana plants, but it does not generate a higher. Burkhalter mentioned she had a doctor’s note saying it was prescribed for her arthritis.
All charges against her have been dropped in May well.