ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - An attorney who gained notoriety during the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial will represent a great grandmother, recently arrested at Walt Disney World for having CBD oil.
On Friday, attorney Ben Crump announced in a press release that he will represent Hestor Burkhalter, the 69 year-old woman. Clearwater civil rights attorney Michele Rayner will join him as co-council.
The News Station first broke Burkhalter’s story after, while on a family vacation, she was detained by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy at the gates of Disney World. She told FOX 35 that security detained her after finding a bottle of CBD oil in her bag that she says she uses for her arthritis.
CBD oil is currently illegal in Florida but falls into a grey area that is often not enforced. It is also currently being regulated federally under the U.S. Farm Bill and may also be in the Sunshine State if the governor signs a hemp bill passed by the legislature this month.
In their statement Friday, Crump and Rayner said:
“This was a dream vacation for Ms. Burkhalter and her family to what is supposed to be the happiest place on earth — Walt Disney World. While Ms. Burkhalter’s charges have since been dropped, her family’s dream vacation will always be remembered as a nightmare complete with eight hours detained in jail after this false arrest. We expect better from Walt Disney World and demand a public apology while we pursue all avenues for justice for her.”
As of publication, Disney has not commented or given a response.