Biography & Credentials 

Mieko Hester-Perez, Global Healthcare Cannabis & Autism Ambassador  

In 2009, Mieko Hester-Perez decided to go public with her son's success with medical cannabis and since that day in 2009, she has become a source of inspiration and information for families looking to explore alternative and holistic treatment options within the autism spectrum.

The combination of 20 years of legal experience and over 15 years of special education knowledge, make Mieko a modern day “warrior mom” within the industry. She has also received special recognition from the United States Congress for her many hours of community service and dedication. Mrs. Perez also received the Lifetime Advocate Award at the Chalice Festival for her efforts within the cannabis industry.  

After her son Joey received acknowledgment of his educational progress from the 44th United States President Barrack Obama, he was diagnosed  with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in late 2011 second to his autism and passed away April 2018 at the age of 19 years old.

Deep within her soul Mieko feels blessed to have Joey as her son and pledges to “leave no family behind”.

Mrs. Perez currently consults internationally with healthcare providers in prominent autism centers, palliative care & cancer institutions as a healthcare ambassador for consumers who have exhausted all other treatment options. Mieko diligently leads the pack with tremendous knowledge regarding consumer safety and compliance protection. She possesses personal knowledge and experience navigating through treatment options resulting in positive outcomes for consumers throughout the world.  Her most notable consumer protocol plans, and product expertise have become a solid reliable resource that provides perspectives on consumer buyer trends, dispensary guidance and medical team input for the last  11 years.

Mieko has participated as a key speaker and panel expert at many engagements throughout the United States and abroad including  2020 Southern California Cancer Foundation, Ebony Magazine’s “EbonyCon” 2020,  USC 2020 Forward Summit, 2019 Centinela Hospital Impact Series, 2019 Tikun Olam Education Symposium at UCI Irvine, 2019 SoCal’ Woman’s Cancer Conference, Canna Gather LA 2019, Endocannabinoid System Educational Series in Jamaica spring 2019, Digital Hollywood spring 2019, 2018 Autism Education Conference for Generation Rescue, the International Association for Food Protection IAPF 2018 in Salt Lake City Utah on the panel on Identifying Knowledge Gaps Surrounding the Safe Production, Sale and Consumption of Cannabis and Cannabis-related Products, the 3rd Annual Professional Palliative Care High Technology Conference 2018 at University of San Marcos in San Diego, 13th Annual Embracing Excellence in Oncology Nursing Practice 2018 organized by Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach California, Vegas Cannabis Summit 2018Canna Tech 2017 in Tel Aviv Israel, the 2016 Palliative Care Education Endowment for Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach California, 2016 Autism One Conference for Generation Rescue, The International Association for Food Protection IAPF 2018 in Salt Lake City Utah on the panel on Identifying Knowledge Gaps Surrounding the Safe Production, Sale and Consumption of Cannabis and Cannabis-related Products, the 3rd Annual Professional Palliative Care High Technology Conference 2018 at University of San Marcos in San Diego, 13th Annual Embracing Excellence in Oncology Nursing Practice 2018 organized by Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach California, Vegas Cannabis Summit 2018, Canna Tech 2017 in Tel Aviv Israel, the 2016 Palliative Care Education Endowment for Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach California, 2016 Autism One Conference.

Her publication exposure includes Kush Magazine, where her son Joey was the first child  to be placed on the cover of a cannabis magazine in 2010, Medical Cannabis JournalEl Nuevodia.comMedical Jane420 MagazineHopegrown.orgAutism Spectrum MagazineHuffington Post UK  Vegas Cannabis Magazine and Leafly.com and numerous cannabis-based publications. In September 2019 High Times Magazine highlighted Ms. Perez with proper article title, How Conservative Mom Mieko Hester-Perez Became a Global Cannabis Advocate, Forbes Magazine (forbes.com) 8/2020Cannabis and Autism: Helping Guide Families - Hash it Out with Mieko Perez, Black Cannabis Week + We on Wellness Pains and Joys of Parenting Pediatric MMJ Patients panelThe BluntenessCapitol PublicUSC TommySmoke Signals (Martin Lee)Sequencing The Cannabis Genome Dr. Kevin McKernan Copenhagen Denmark  and Marijuanamerica: One Man's Quest to Understand America's Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed

Mieko and her son Joey have been featured on FOX Morning NewsThe Doctors TV ShowThe Dr. Juan Strange MedicineABC 7NBC NewsCBS NewsGood Morning America GMAABC’s 20/20Motherboard Vice Media and The National Marijuana News.  Her international media includes, Columbian Latin American News NetworkUnivisionTelemundoiheart RadioCannabis Capitol TVABC Fusion Channel, Viet TV (Vietnam Television Network), and Australia’s number one morning show in the United Kingdom.