Rob Hoffman

Rob Hoffman is a health and drug policy reporter at Herb. His work has also appeared in Politico, ThinkProgress, and Fusion.

rob@herb.co


Lindsay Carter suffered from life-threatening seizures until he discovered cannabis.

Australia's First Marijuana Patient Lindsay Carter Loses Access to His Medicine

A new organization in Korea is hoping to influence lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis.

Korea gets a group advocating for cannabis legalization. Here, we see a zoomed in photo of a cannabis plant

There’s been mixed findings on whether cannabis can be an antipsychotic. Now, new research out of Brazil finds that at least one cannabinoid—CBD for schizophrenia—could be an effective treatment.


The fentanyl execution holds significance as fentanyl is fueling the opioid crisis.

First Fentanyl Execution in U.S. History Takes Place in Nebraska. Here, an inmate is shown holding onto the bars of a prison cell

Oklahoma just legalized medical marijuana, but the state’s biggest universities have announced they won’t be allowing it on campus.

Oklahoma's Biggest Universities Ban Medical Marijuana Use. Here , a student is shown skateboarding on campus at the University of Oklahoma.

Our regulations don’t reflect what we know.


Support for cannabis reform varies drastically from city to city, but overall, support is on the rise.

Cannabis protestors smoke outside the Sky City Convention in New Zealand. A man smokes a joint. A recent survey finds that New Zealand is overwhelmingly in support of cannabis reform.

New research challenges the munchies stereotype.

Cannabis Users Struggle With Their Weight Less Than Non-Users: A Study

Legalization would bring in revenue and cut down on enforcement costs.

Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury secretary, views a 2017 50 subject uncut sheet of $1 dollar notes bearing Mnuchin's name at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. A recent report from the Cato Institute found drug legalization could significantly boost state and federal budgets.

It could set the precedent for large companies in America to stop discriminating against employees who use marijuana after work.

Congress Considers Bill Which Allows Government Employees to Smoke Weed

Nabilone could be an alternative to current meds which cause a heightened risk of stroke and even death.

Synthetic Cannabis Drug, Nabilone, Found to Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's Patients

There is, however, a tipping point in pricing where consumers will go from a legal market purchase to the black market — but they much prefer the former.

A demonstrator smokes a joint during a rally in Santiago in 2017. If legal cannabis is made too expensive, new research suggests that consumers will choose the black market over legal options.

Laboratory tests don’t lie, and in this case, the results are revealing contaminated or mislabeled cannabis.

A worker trims cannabis at a growing facility. In California, laboratory results recently revealed that one in five batches of marijuana has failed testing due to pesticides or mislabelling.

Pregnant women are among those choosing to cannabis over nicotine.

A new study shows that women are turning away from cigarettes and opting for blunts instead, even while pregnant.

Colombia’s climate and farming industry perfectly position it to dominate the global cannabis market.

A worker at Pharmacielo trimming cannabis

They banned “wet cannabis,” but all cannabis must go through this phase before it can be consumed.

Marijuana plants grow at the PharmaCielo Ltd. facility in Rionegro, Colombia, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. A Michigan court just ruled that "wet cannabis," an inevitable part of the cultivation is process, is illegal in the state, presenting problems for state-legal growers.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine find evidence supporting decriminalization.

Decriminalization Does Not Cause More Young People To Smoke Weed: A Study

There’s an epidemic of brain injuries in football and hardly any options to treat them.

Concussion pill using cannabis could be a game changer

Remnants of cannabis prohibition linger in the insurance market.

A girl smokes cannabis. Insurance companies in Canada are reluctant to offer all-encompassing medical cannabis coverage for fear of soaring costs.

Six years after Colorado and Washington legalized recreational cannabis, a study shows police officers are more successful at closing cases, since they aren’t busy investigating and arresting individuals for low-level cannabis offenses.

Officers guard a motel at the scene of a shooting in 2016. A new study suggests that police are solving more serious crimes, like this one, in Colorado and Washington since cannabis legalization.

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