Lithia, Florida – A Lithia mother believes she is being targeted because of her outspoken advocacy of medical marijuana.
10 News first brought you the story of Renee Petra back in February when she advocated for medical marijuana.
In November, voters will decided whether to legalize the drug in the state for medical use. Petra believes it will help her son Branden, who suffers epilepsy and has frequent seizures on a daily basis.
In addition to the prescribed medications, Petra also gives her son Branden hemp oil, which is legal. But on Tuesday, she received a visit from child protective services following a shocking anonymous tip, "…saying that I am not giving Branden his medication, and that I'm giving him cannabis extract," she said.
Petra insists that the allegations are not true, and would never jeopardize her child by providing him with illegal narcotics.
She believes it was a supervisor with Maxim Healthcare Services, the company that provides care for Branden at home, who made up the allegations because of her stance on medical marijuana.
"They are just taking advantage of the situati
on and I feel violated as an America citizen."
10 News contacted the company about the allegations, which in turn released this statement.
"The care and safety of our patients is our top priority. Privacy regulations prevent us from discussing a patient's case or responding to matters concerning their care," wrote Rebecca Kirkham, a spokesperson for Maxim.
Petra says she is under the threat of having her children taken for a lie, but vows to fight the charges and continue to push for the legalization of medical marijuana.
"My son is suffering and people have taken it upon themselves to try and hurt us."
Child protective services confirmed to 10 News that the investigation was launched following a call to its tip-line.
A spokesperson said the length of the investigation could not be determined at this time as each case may vary.