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Mother loses son to a driver high on pot

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A day after San Diego's County Board of Supervisors joined the push to keep recreational marijuana illegal, a drugged driving summit was held in Los Angeles urging other Californians to vote NO on Prop 64.

In March of 2010, Laura Cupples lost her 24-year-old son in a drug related car crash.

Ryan was a passenger in his friend's car. The car's driver had been high on marijuana at the time of the crash - he survived.

"The car hit the tree. They hit a boulder and then went over a ravine," said Cupples.

Ryan was declared brain dead.

"They officially declared him brain dead and when they did - part of me died too," said Mrs. Cupples.

When Cupples wants to visit her youngest child and only son Ryan, she goes to San Vicente Road in Ramona - where he lost his life.

After Ryan's death, Lura and AAA believe legalizing pot for recreational use would only lead to more preventable tragedies.

"Drugged drivers not only put themselves at risk - they put all of us at risk. It's a risk we believe we should not be taking here in California," said Cupples.

According to the Auto Club of Southern California, which is hosting the summit on drugged driving, marijuana-impaired crash fatalities in Washington doubled after it became the first state to legalize recreational use.

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