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DCF questions medical marijuana proponent

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LITHIA (FOX 13) -

There's pain in Renee Petro's eyes.

"It hurts a lot that my son is suffering and people have taken it upon themselves to hurt us," Petro said.

But there's also fire.

"This isn't going to stop me. This is only going to challenge me even more," she added.

Petro has been a vocal supporter of the growing medical marijuana movement in Florida. She wants it for her son Branden who suffers from frequent seizures.

Since then, she's received praise and some skepticism -- but what happened Tuesday floored her.

The Department of Children and Families came knocking, launching an investigation from an anonymous tip.

The claim was that Petro stopped giving her son his prescribed medicine and was instead giving him illegal cannabis.

It is a claim she vehemently denies.

"I would not do anything to jeopardize losing my child," she said.

Petro says she's done everything by the book. She does admit giving Branden hemp extract, but that's perfectly legal.

"I feel like they raped us. They're taking advantage of the situation," she said.

She has her suspicions as to who made the report, and now she wants her story out there. While some would back down at this point, Petro is using this as fuel, keeping that fire inside alive.

"I'm proud because she won't back down...it makes me proud to be Petro," said daughter Rachel Petro.

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