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



The hood of an NYPD squad car might not be the best place to film yourself weighing weed.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: An NYPD squad car is viewed in an area where people smoke K2 or 'Spice', a synthetic marijuana drug in East Harlem on August 28, 2015 in New York City.

Constellation Brands has already poured $200 million into the Canadian cannabis industry. Now, it’s looking to invest another $5 billion.

Bruce Linton, chief executive officer of Canopy Growth Corp., stands for a photograph in the Mother Room at the Canopy Growth Corp. facility in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Canadian medical marijuana is setting the stage to go global. Canopy received $200 million from Constellation Brands last year. Now, the makers of Corona are looking to give the licensed producer another $5 billion.

Cannabis in Israel is part of most doctors’ regular practice.

A man smokes cannabis at a nursing home in Israel. Most pain specialists are prescribing cannabis to patients to deal with pain.

Could THC and THCA also help children suffering from epilepsy, without the psychoactive effects?

An employee takes cuttings from a cannabis mother plant inside a greenhouse facility. New research out of Australia finds that CBD might not be the only cannabinoid fighting epilepsy.

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

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