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By Leo Bear-McGuinness
The renowned cannabis scientist Raphael Mechoulam has died at the age of 92.
The news comes from friends and colleagues who have shared their condolences and tributes.
David (Dedi) Meiri, an associate professor at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and a colleague of Mechoulam’s said the following in an online statement on March 10:
“This is a very sad day for me, for the science community and for the cannabis community. Professor Raphael Mechoulam or as we called him Raphi, was one of the greatest scientist I ever met and was my teacher and mentor in many aspects. I truly believe he was deserve a Nobel prize!”
“Thank you Raphi for all the great things you did and discover in your life and thanks for all the help and support you gave me. Rest in peace my dear friend.”
The father of cannabis research
Among his many achievements, Dr. Mechoulam is credited as the first person to synthesize THC.