California (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — When Israeli plant scientist Nirit Bernstein got a call five years ago from a research institute asking if she’d be interested in working on the cultivation of medical cannabis, she said yes. But then a thought quickly crossed her mind.
“Oh my god,” she thought. “What’s my mother going to say?”
Bernstein studies whole-plant cannabis at Israel’s state-run Volcani Institute and was one of several experts in various fields, including science, medicine and business, who met in San Francisco on May 1-2 for the inaugural CannaMed/Tech Summit, produced by the California Israel Chamber of Commerce.
“I hope from Israel your science gets over here quicker rather than later, because we need it,” said investor Matthew Nordgren, CEO of Arcadian