Rob Hoffman

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

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They failed to comply with a regulation they didn’t know existed.

Michael Ravensdale, vice-president of production and quality at CannTrust Holdings Inc., inspects cannabis buds at the Niagara Perpetual Harvest facility in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Florida could soon be shutting down nearly half of the state's processing facilities because they failed to comply with a regulation they didn't know existed

Since many medical professionals know extremely little about cannabis, Thomas Jefferson University is offering America’s first cannabis education program.


Currently, cannabis businesses are only permitted to operate in roughly 144 out of 482 cities in the state.

Man is shown on his bike. California may soon be introducing new regulations that would allow delivery to towns that have banned cannabis dispensaries.

While the reports in California are positive, for at least 21 other states, cannabis arrests have increased between 2014 and 2016—in some cases, by more than 50 percent.

Gang members are arrested by police for smoking cannabis in public in 2017. Overall, arrests are down in California since the state legalized recreational use.

NORML says the case is an example of unnecessary cannabis policing.

NORML calls out the Pennsylvania police for the suspicious death of man on a cannabis farm. He was found under a bulldozer.

Andrew Panaggio was using opioids to treat his back pain until he found that cannabis offers relief without the side effects. His insurance company says they won’t pay for it.

David Muller of Colorado refers patients allowing them to get medical marijuana cards. Muller began prescribing cannabis about five years ago. New Hampshire's supreme court is currently considering a case which would force insurance companies to pay for medical cannabis in workers compensation cases. (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The proposal is part of a movement to treat rather than punish drug users.

A client of the Insite supervised injection Center in Vancouver, Canada collects her kit on May 3, 2011. Toronto Public Health is currently calling on Canada to decriminalizes all drugs. (Photo by Laurent Vu The/AFP via Getty Images)

High driving turns out to be a lot more common than you might think.


Medical professionals in the state argued marijuana doesn’t need to be stronger than 12% THC, but patients are saying that’s not true.

A Colombian indigenous woman observes liquid extract of marijuana at the laboratory of Toez indigenous reservation, in the rural area of Caloto, department of Cauca, Colombia, on May 23, 2016. In Oklahoma, and other states, there's been debate over whether patients need access to high potency cannabis products or whether a THC limit is in the best interest of the public. (Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia is calling on other G-7 nations to voice concern for Canada’s “high-handedness” following its decision to legalize recreational cannabis.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 26: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Kremlin on May 26, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Shinzo Abe is having a state visit to Russia. Russia recently criticized Canada for breaking international law with the legalization of cannabis

It was the third most common reason after family and running away from a problem.

Survey Finds Legal Cannabis is a Big Reason Homeless People Move to Colorado

Californian businesses are being forced by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control to destroy an obscene amount of cannabis products.

Details emerge on how CA is destroying its pre-legalization weed

Due to the potential economic benefits of allowing cannabis businesses to thrive, leaders of 15 Caribbean nations will be debating whether or not to decriminalize cannabis.

Caribbean nations to release a report recommending cannabis decriminalization

According to a recent report, top officials at the VA were pushing internally for research into the medical application of cannabis for health issues facing veterans such as PTSD.


The case is likely to end up in the Arizona Supreme Court.

Physiotherapist Ana Campos sees Graciela Elizalde at her home in the Guadalupe municipality near Monterrey on September 2, 2015. Graciela, an eight-year-old girl suffering from a severe form of epilepsy, may become the first person to legally use medical marijuana in Mexico after a judge ruled in favor of her family's plea to bypass the country's strict cannabis prohibition to alleviate her pain. Many epilepsy patients use cannabis products for their seizures. This is why a recent ruling in Arizona which would outlaw Hash and all products derived from it is so controversial.

L.A. was supposed to be one of the nation’s largest cannabis markets, but businesses are now leaving for elsewhere in the state amid a slow licensing process.

Workers clean up and check plant tags after transplanting marijuana plants to grow in a greenhouse on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Los Angeles just announced it will start licensing cultivators in the city. (Photo by Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

This would transform the booming CBD market.

Colombian Ines Cano gives medical marijuana to her daughter Luna Valentina (L) at their home in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on November 25, 2015. Valentina, 12, who was born with refractory epilepsy, started to use medical marijuana as an alternative medicine, which is the only solution which calms her seizures. Medical marijuana, or CBD more specifically, has shown promise in children with epilepsy.

California has granted 20% of the state’s cultivation licenses to just 12 growers.

CalGrowers Sues California For Favoring Big Moneyed Cannabis Growers

Not all cannabis advocates are happy with how things turned out in Canada.

Jodie Emery speaks about how she has a problem with Canada's legal cannabis act

The most popular strain among those with migraines was OG Shark.

Man at a desk with chronic pain and headaches

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