Lena Bartula, 71, was en route to visit her granddaughter in Oregon when she was arrested at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after police officers found CBD oil in her travel bag. Bartula told NBC that she was then driven to the airport jail, where she “slept on the floor, my head next to the toilet.”
The next day, her arms and legs were shackled and she was moved to Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth for another night before being slapped with a felony drug charge. Hemp-made CBD was legalized in December with the federal farm bill, but customs officials argue that the law is still in the process of being implemented, so for now, products with THC are still illegal at ports of entry.
Bartula, however, was totally unaware of this restriction. Originally from Fort Worth, Bartula now lives in Mexico and works as an artist, running a popular art gallery. She uses CBD oil because it gives her relief from her aches and pains.
Luckily, her case was dropped after a grand jury hearing, but this is probably the last time she’ll be traveling with CBD oil.