According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 28 people die every day because of someone impaired behind the wheel. Though there have been plenty of studies confirming the risks of drunk driving, studies have not found similar results for driving while under the influence of marijuana. It is not clear if it even increases the number of accidents on the road at all.
A 2014 New York Times article reported that there is less to fear from drivers under the influence of marijuana compared to those who drive drunk. The article provides information on a number of studies on the matter, and concludes that government resources are better spent trying to curb alcohol-impaired driving instead. That said, don’t take this information as your permission to get high and drive in North Carolina, because driving under the influence of marijuana definitely remains a crime in our state, and comes with some potentially serious consequences.