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


Once again, the outdated gateway drug theory has been disproven.

Legal States Haven't Seen An Increase In Hard Drug Use: A LiveStories Report

Twenty-six percent of tested products contained less CBD than the package suggested. Forty-three percent contained more.

CBD Products on conveyor belt

Federal laws have to change so Epidiolex can get to market. Will it impact other CBD products?

UNITED STATES - JUNE 04: Director of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg, then a US Attorney General of the Eastern District of Virginia, speaking at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2007. Experts remain uncertain about whether the DEA will reclassify Epidiolex or CBD itself following FDA approval of Epidiolex for epilepsy on Monday, June 25. (Photo by Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Today, Oklahomans will be voting on whether to legalize medical cannabis. The state has seen a ton of avid opposition to the measure.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) opposed SQ 788 to legalize medical marijuana

Epidiolex is designed to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.

Epidiolex

Families with epileptic children don’t want to swap what’s already working for this new med.

Meagan Patrick plays with her daughter, Addie, at their Acton home Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Addie suffers from severe epilepsy, and research shows that medical marijuana can help cut down on the number of seizures the children have. Patrick is so desperate to try it for Addie, she is flying to Colorado later this month - a state that is at the forefront of research for pediatric uses of medicinal marijuana - to establish legal residency there. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The DEA wants to start sending the money they confiscate to be cleaned before they count it.

DEA agents


“Pass the dutchie to the left-hand side,” he told his colleagues on the Senate floor.

Photo courtesy of Senator Jim Munson

An ordinance restricting cannabis ads is scheduled to go into effect on July 23rd. It is meant to spare children exposure to cannabis and will have a significant effect on cannabis brands in Los Angeles.


State officials are concerned about backlash from the feds.

Worker examines plants in a Las Vegas, Nevada based Cannabis facility. Indoor cannabis grows are said to use an extraordinary amount of light and energy. That's why in many states they qualify for energy grants, but Maine won't be one of them.

While Royal Assent means that Canada will officially be legalizing cannabis, many people might be wondering when will you be able to buy weed in Canada?

A pot supporter holds up a flag to celebrate The Cannabis Act Just Got Royal Assent: Weed Will Be Legal on October 17th

The state’s health officials have concluded that the “pros” of a recreational market “outweigh the cons.”

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker speaks at a press conference October 23, 2014 in New York City. On June 18, Zucker announced that a report commissioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo will recommend the state legalizes recreational marijuana. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

It’s already extremely difficult to get an organ transplant in the U.S. An Herb investigation reveals being a cannabis patient makes it even harder.

Investigation: Hospitals Are Denying Organ Transplants To Marijuana Patients

Canada voted to federally legalize recreational cannabis when Senate passed the historic legislation Bill C-45, more commonly known as the Cannabis Act.

ustin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, speaks during a town hall event in Belleville, Ontario about legalizing cannabis in canada

When it comes to cannabis reform, state politics often matter the most.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government made it clear that they would protect the rights of home growers, medical marijuana patients, and cannabis businesses when they shot down 13 of Senate’s proposed amendments to the Cannabis Act.

Justin Trudeau speaks about protecting home growing in the cannabis act

A review of A review of cannabis testing facilities by the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) has cast extreme doubt into the accuracy and business practices of Steep Hill and CannTest labs.

Cannabis testing facilities, Steep Hill Labs and CannTest Labs are found to have inaccurate testing methods in Alaska

Military veterans have been waiting for a moment like this for years. If this bill passes, a newly accepted amendment would ensure veterans that use or want to use medical marijuana would be treated equally.

Senator Jeff Merkley speaks about the amendment to allow veterans to get medical Marijuana

Earlier this month, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper made what he called one of the hardest decisions he has had to make this year. Ultimately he decided to bar those suffering from autism spectrum disorders from accessing medical cannabis legally.

Hickenlooper rejects MJ for autism

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