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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“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

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)

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