The Joey Network
The first cannabis and autism-centered APP made available for patients and families worldwide. Free download available on Iphone & Android

Mieko Hester-Perez

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Mieko Hester-Perez, International Special Needs Cannabis & Autism Advocate    

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 unconventional and holistic treatment options within the autism spectrum.  Mieko diligently leads the pack with tremendous knowledge regarding laws, regulations, products and a plethora of family resource options.  She possesses personal knowledge and experience navigating through treatment options resulting in positive outcomes for families throughout the world.  Although medical marijuana is not known to be a cure for autism, it has proven to facilitate life for her son and has ushered him into documented progressive development.

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. As Co-Founder of, she consults with families, autism organizations, universities and healthcare professionals.  In 2012, Mieko was awarded the Evelyn DuPont Award for improving the lives of children with autism and she has also received special recognition from Congress for her many hours of community service and dedication.  She most recently was also the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Advocate Award at the Chalice Festival.

Her expertise in cannabis consulting with special needs families has made her an ideal board member on the NORML’s Woman’s Alliance, which is one of the most progressive and respected marijuana organizations internationally.    In 2015, Mieko was placed on the Advisory Board for Acology Inc. and created a custom, FDA approved, child-resistant container to house “Joey’s Strain”, a specific cannabis strain for persons on the autism spectrum.  In 2016 Mieko became a Scientific Advisory Board for Cannabis Science, Inc. representing the voice for patient-centered focus regarding clinical decisions.  

In 2016, Mieko participated in and endorsed Costa Mesa’s Measure W for safe, quality medical marijuana access in the city.  Mieko and Joey’s journey were featured in pamphlets and commercials throughout the campaign. 

Mieko is currently participating in a funding campaign with a collaboration of Israeli moms, American moms and cannabis advocates to get medical cannabis treatment accessible for children and adults with Autism. The goal of the campaign is to fund essential research to make it a “Qualifying Condition” around the world.  Israel is a groundbreaking state in medical cannabis research and Mieko supports the campaign and has brought attention to it with her professional and personal expertise in the subject.

In 2016, Mieko developed The Joey Network introducing the first cannabis and autism-centered app made available for patients throughout the world.  This app was created as an informational tool for families and medical professionals, who have exhausted all other treatment options associated with treating autism symptoms.  Updates on cannabis news and media clips are also included within the app.  In 2017 Mieko’s alliance crossed over into the Island of Puerto Rico providing viable resources to their growing autism community and the interest in cannabis therapies and dietary alternatives working with multiple organizations. 

Mieko has participated as a key speaker and panel expert at many engagements throughout the United States including Canna Tech 2017 in Tel Aviv Israel, the 2016 Palliative Care Education Endowment for Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California, 2016 Autism One conference, 2015 West Hollywood Cannabis Educational Forum and the 2012 Cypress Hill Smoke Out Festival.

Joey and Mieko’s journey has been featured on a number of shows including FOX Morning News, The Doctors, The Dr. Juan Rivera Show, NBC, CBS, Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, Motherboard, Vice Media and The National Marijuana News.  Their story aired internationally on The Columbian Latin American News Network, Univision, Telemundo, Cannabis Capitol TV, ABC Fusion Channel and Australia’s number one morning show in the United Kingdom.  

Medical Cannabis Journal, High Times, Kush, Spectrum Magazine and other cannabis-based publications have featured Mieko as a pioneer to this ground-breaking treatment.  In April of 2015, Mieko was named among some of the most influential woman in the cannabis movement by Skunk Magazine.  Mieko was also recently featured in OC Weekly, ENDOCA, Generosity, Huffington Post and

Deep within her soul Mieko feels blessed to have Joey as her son and she strives every single day to share their journey.     Today Joey is flourishing with new communicative expressions and he’s happier, healthier, better behaved and is more productive than ever before.  Mieko pledges to “leave no family behind” and every single day her mission is to help families improve the quality of life for their loved ones through unconventional treatments. 

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Mieko takes on Israel at Canna Tech 2017

CANNATECH 2017 WAS AMAZING!! March 20th - 22nd, 2017 Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Mieko Perez, 2017 panel speaker at Canna Tech 2017 in Tel Aviv, Israel

The CannaTech Afterglow 

Wow people. What a show!

We are so grateful for the incredible support, the amazing feedback and the stunning turnout. It wasn’t just the numbers (although hosting over 800 people from over 35 different countries was pretty incredible) – it was the way you all really “showed up.” The energy was palpable, the spirit of collaboration and connectivity was inspiring and the level of conversation both on the stage and off was downright eloquent.

To the attendees of CannaTech 2017, hats off to you all and congratulations on being a part of one of the most incredible experiences in medical cannabis to date.

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Autism and Whole Plant Cannabis Clinical Study

Ground breaking Cannabis & Clinical study set to take place In Israel.

Published 11/15/2016

Launching on November 15th a crowd-funding campaign for recognized clinical study with persons on the  autism spectrum.

This ground breaking collaboration is with American and Israeli special needs mothers working together on global mission for families who are choosing medical cannabis as a safe and effective medical treatment. 

Abigail Dar an Israeli mom, activist and cannabis advocate who is involved in the clinical data gathering for the Israeli study.   Janie Maedler is a policy advocate, CannaKids ASD Consultant, and Board President of Rylie’s Smile Foundation.  Mieko Hester-Perez is an International Special Needs Advocate, Co-founder to, Scientific Advisor, and a Board Member on the NORML Women's Alliance.

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Mieko Hester-Perez is a Champion for Special Needs Families

Mieko was presented with the Chalice Festival's Industry Dedication Award for her tireless work helping families with special needs children to better understand medical cannabis

Mieko Hester-Perez is a modern day warrior mom, a champion of special needs families. Every single day, her mission is to help families improve the quality of life for their loved ones through unconventional treatments and she has pledged to “leave no family behind.”

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Autism One Conference 2016

Mieko & Jesse Stanley one of the founders of Charlotte's Web at the Autism One Conference.

Mieko Perez joins the Medical Cannabis Panelist at The Autism One 2016 

Conference held May 25-29, 2016, at the Loews Chicago  O’Hare Hotel  in Rosemont, IL.

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'Joey's strain': OC boy with autism has own strain of medical marijuana Thursday, May 01, 2014


Kevin McKernan – Sequencing the cannabis genome at CPHx 2012 - Copenhagenomics 2012

Discussing Joey & Mieko Perez 11:17

Sharing genomics expertise • June 14-15, 2012





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  • Autism One Conference 2016

    AutismOne 2016 Conference held May 25-29, 2016, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL., for more information.

Alliances & Resources

Nov. 16, 2016


Fifty years ago few people had heard of autism. Now most of us know at least one person with a child somewhere on the autistic spectrum. According to the World Health Organisation 1 in 160 children are autistic, a figure that rises to 1 in 68 in the United States.

Generally manifesting between 12 – 18 months, autism is characterised by difficulties in communication, an apparent inability to form human relationships, an unusually limited range of interests and abnormal sensory issues.

Jul. 13, 2015

The NORML Women's Alliance

The NORML Women's Alliance is a coalition of nonpartisan, educated, geographically and socially diverse women working to reform outdated prohibition laws that contribute to costly and socially unjust law enforcement strategies and hinder the development of medical research. If you'd like to learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit

Feb. 9, 2016

Cannabis Science Targets Successful Autism...

Cannabis Science Targets Successful Autism Treatments and Brings Family Autism Advocate Mieko Hester-Perez on Its Scientific Advisory Board / Mieko Leads the Charge for Autism Treatment Advocacy as CBIS Initiates Cannabinoid Efficacy Testing to Spotlight
Cannabis Science Targets Successful Autism Treatments and Brings Family Autism Advoca...

Mar. 2, 2016

The Joey Network

This is the first cannabis and autism-centered APP made available for patients and families worldwide, and now it can be downloaded on the iPhone & Android.

Apr. 30, 2016

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CA Corporate & Attorney Services Inc., is now offering cannabis legal documentation services, we offer Incorporation filings, fictitious business name filings and city business license courier services. For further details visit

Jul. 12, 2016

Mieko Perez receives the Chalice 2016 Industry Dedication Award

Mieko Perez receives the Chalice 2016 Industry Dedication Award for her tireless work helping families with special needs children to better understand medical cannabis and the navigation that comes with the cannabis treatment option.