The big news is that the world did not end in Colorado where voters in 2012 legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The state did not devolve into anarchy. In spite of various satirical accounts, there was no rioting, or mass killing.
The biggest concern was that demand is going to be so high that dispensaries will run short on legal weed.
In spite of what the nervous nellies up at the National Institute for Drug Abuse have to say, marijuana is not terribly chemically addictive, it doesn’t have many adverse health problems (other than the same health problems that might occur from smoking tobacco, for instance), and is medically recommended for certain types of ailments.
Eventually North Carolina will legalize marijuana. It may take 20 or 30 years.
In the meantime, a lot of people will face unnecessary legal expenses and criminal penalties for purchasing, selling, distributing, and consuming a pretty safe product.