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


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

While cannabis legalization is becoming a major part of gubernatorial candidate’s platforms in New York State, local lawmakers are at odds.


One of the largest cannabis cultivators in Canada is helping to address the nation’s overdose crisis.

Worker examining Cannabis plants growing in the Canopy Growth facilities in Smith's Falls, Ontario.

There’s conflicting data on the relationship between cannabis and heart health.

Study links marijuana to increased death risk among young MI sufferers

Alcohol is still the most common substance among America’s youth, but cannabis is catching up.

Young People Are More Likely To Try Weed Before Alcohol: A National Drug Use Study

Consumers are going back to the black market amid high taxes.

California's legal businesses are blowing the whistle on illegal businesses

Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-45, more commonly known as the Cannabis Act. Amendments made to the Cannabis Act concern home growing, maximum THC percentages and criminal penalties. Canada is still on track to becoming the second country on the planet to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide.

Justin Trudeau waves as the senate passes the cannabis act

Pennsylvania’s Health Department projects the state will have up to 250,000 medical marijuana patients.

Man vaping in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers have been delaying legalization in anticipation of a study from the state’s health department.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) gestures to the crowd as he arrives on stage to deliver remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Previously, getting your record cleared was a tiring and complicated process.

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This is just the latest development in a nationwide debate over whether athletes should be allowed to use medical cannabis.

CJ Harris posing with Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn

It’s incredibly difficult for cannabis studies to get the funding they need.

Person undergoing a CAT scan in New Mexico

The federal agency joins a community of health experts who think smoking is not a good way to consume weed.

FDA Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate hearing

UK officials have decided to no longer permit 12-year-old Billy Caldwell to use cannabis oil for his life-threatening seizures.

The UK Changes Its Mind About Allowing Epilepsy Patient Billy Caldwell Access To CBD

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