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 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.

Of the 138 senior patients sent the survey, 27 percent claimed that they were able to “completely” discontinue their use of painkiller medications with the help of medical marijuana.

A senior takes a drop of medical marijuana under her tongue to help with pain relief. A recent Northwell survey found that 27 percent of seniors were able to forgo other forms of pain medication after using cannabis.

Along with nearly 500 pounds of cannabis, $6000 and a gun were also seized in the arrest of two individuals.

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offload nearly 660 kilograms of narcotics in 2015. Nearly 500 pounds of cannabis, $6000, and a gun were recently seized during the arrest of two individuals trying to illegally cross the border off Florida's coastline.

A Colorado widow is being denied half of her late husband’s workers’ compensation benefits because cannabis was found in his system after he died on the job at the Loveland Ski Area.

The late Adam Lee plays with his two children. Colorado has denied his wife, Erika Lee, full workers' compensation benefits after her husband was killed on the job with cannabis in his system.

We take a critical look at the studies tying legalization to emergency room visits.

is legal weed to blame for a rise in emergency room visits?

Her boss requested she take a drug test after she fell down at work.

Woman sues sodexo for firing her for recreational cannabis use. Here, a woman is seen smoking at night

The industry is concerned the province hasn’t approved enough legal farmers.

In this photo, an employee displays cannabis buds for a photograph at the CannTrust Holding Inc. Niagara Perpetual Harvest facility in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Legalization in Canada is set to go into effect on October 17th. British Columbia dispensaries are concerned they won't have enough weed to stock their shelves by then.

It will be more like a doctor’s office than a dispensary.

KIBUTZ NAAN, ISRAEL - MARCH 09: A nurse lights a cannabis cigarette for a patient at the Hadarim nursing home, on March 09, 2011 in Kibutz Naan, Israel. NiaMedic just announced it will bring the first clinic like it to America (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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.


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