Mom who lost son to a high driver is fighting proposition to legalize pot in California

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 22:34:36-04

A Ramona woman who lost her son to a high driver is fighting the proposition that would legalize marijuana in California.

"He's been cut out of our lives," said Laura Cupples. A mother never forgets the heartache of losing a child. "He was real mischievous."

Cupples holds tight to the photos she has of her son, Ryan, who was killed in 2010 when his friend veered off San Vicente Road in Ramona and plowed into an oak tree. She remembers that morning like it was yesterday.

"We got a knock on our bedroom window," she said. It was a friend's mother telling them to go to the hospital.

"The doctor walked in and said the horrible words that I'll never forget. He said, 'I'm sorry Mr. and Mrs. Cupples, but Ryan has suffered an unrecoverable closed head injury.'"

Supporters of Proposition say legalization could bring in up to one billion dollars each year in tax revenue.

Still, Cupples says the consequences of legalizing pot are just too high.

"I guess it just makes me more worried that we're going to have more crosses like this on the road from the use of marijuana," she said.

In Washington, AAA says marijuana-related fatal crashes doubled after the legalization from 2013 to 2014. In Colorado, the first year, fatal crashes involving marijuana were down, then the following year, they went up.