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Disney worker fired over CBD oil

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Kathy Talafous is another victim who fell prey to the unfair regulations and stigma surround CBD. A former bartender at Walt Disney World, Kathy was fired over CBD oil that she had bought from a grocery store for her foot pain. She says that her firing from Disney has been devastating to her personally and pretty much destroyed her life. 


Talafous is a huge fan of Disney and used to frequently visit the Walt Disney World with her parents. She served there as a bartender for over a year before she got fired. In April, she came to her job at her regular time and brought a small container of CBD oil to the premises. This is where the problem began.


Though Talafous was using CBD oil with the intent of treating her foot pain, it was mistaken and she was charged heavily for it. Getting CBD oil over-the-counter at a grocery store or a pharmaceutical is quite a straightforward deal in the U.S., especially after the federal government legalized hemp derived CBD with a maximum 0.3% THC. 


Kathy says she casually bought the CBD oil at Lucky’s, just like any other commodity – you pay the price of a product and take it home with yourself. It wasn’t a big deal or illegal. She further added that it was the type with virtually no amount of THC whereas the legal threshold allows 0.3% THC per unit. 


THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid is the psychoactive compound present in hemp plant, that causes the “high” people feel while smoking pot or weed. Contrarily, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound with anti-inflammatory properties that help treat a wide range of health problems. People often use CBD for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, pain, acute aches, swelling, inflammation and other severe diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.


The FDA allows only one CBD based drug, Epidiolex, which is used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy in children. It is found to be a highly effective medication that has improved the health of children suffering from serious epileptic issues. However in-depth research about how CBD based drugs or medications could impact users is yet to be concluded. Despite the uncertainty of using CBD for a longer period of time and its impact, consumers are still buying CBD products. 

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One of the main reasons for CBD to become a trending ingredient over a span of merely 6 months is that it outperforms prescription based drugs. People have started relying on CBD more than their regular medications and have found it to be way better with high quality results in a shorter span of time. 


A research showed that the United States consumes about 80% of the world’s supply of prescription opioid analgesics. High dependence on opioids gradually turned into addiction for users nationwide. CBD has shown immense improvement in the space of opioid addiction, it has replaced the drug efficiently and offers a much better relief than any regular opioid. 


Kathy was stopped at the Epcot’s gate by security officials for carrying a small container of CBD balm. The officials said the product was illegal and is prohibited by the law. Three days later, on April 12, a South Carolina grandmother was arrested for carrying CBD oil to Magic Kingdom.


Though the state attorney soon dropped the case and the woman was released quickly, she said that she planned on suing Disney and the sheriff’s office for the happening. 


Kathy shared her documents, including one from the sheriff’s office which claims that the CBD oil she was carrying was not tested. On the other hand, the Disney incident reports claims that the CBD balm tested positive for THC. Talafous was later suspended on the next Monday when she returned to work and recently got fired. 


She says that the unemployment has left her distraught with no money to live. All she wants is her job back, and her life to become stable again. Kathy wonders how a small container of CBD that is so readily available at supermarkets is considered illegal. 


Many states in the U.S. still contradict with the federal government’s rule regarding CBD. But efforts are being continuously made in a positive direction to help consumers as much as possible. Recently carrying CBD on flights was made legal, and the FDA also held a public meeting on May 31 to discuss the regulatory framework and the impact of CBD. 


Till the time agencies and state officials clarify regulations about CBD, the consumer market will continue to operate in a dark area with consumers worrying if using CBD could land them in trouble. 

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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