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Weed opponents feel burned by DOJ's decision

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If marijuana policies dramatically change in the U.S. over the next few years, there's a good chance you can point to Thursday as the day things shifted.

That's when the Justice Department decided they would not challenge laws in states where it has been deemed legal for either medical or recreational use. That decision could be big for Florida.

Attorney John Morgan's publicized petition push to legalize medical marijuana in the state could make it to the ballot in 2014.

Opponents of his campaign call the Justice Department's decision dangerous.

"We're very upset about it; we're very concerned about it," said Calvina Fay, executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation in St. Pete.

Fay says the legalization campaign has nothing to do with medicine.

"It's about the normalization of it, the cultivation of it, the promotion of it, the advertising of it, the distribution of it, it is about drug legalization," continued Fay.

Despite changing attitudes on weed, her foundation will work hard to make sure it's never legal in Florida.

Robert Linde is doing the exact opposite.

"It's basically sticking to what my personal values are and I'll support those," he explained.

Linde has the Morgan-backed petition available for people to sign in his acupuncture and herbal therapy shop in St. Pete.

Just because he works with herbs, don't think he's some "pothead" looking to make his habit legal. Until recently, he was dead set against marijuana for medical use.

"I really thought it was just an excuse to get marijuana," said Linde.

His mind was changed at an herbalist conference and when his mother contracted cancer last year.

For him, the Justice Department's actions mean change is on the way.

"It was them recognizing that this is not what the people want. They want access to this, at least as a medicine," said Linde.

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