MIO ASAMI OF CULTIVA LAW TALKS BECOMING A CANNABIS LAWYER, MARIJUANA MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS, AND MORE [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
Mio Asami Exclusive Interview
*This interview edited for publication.*
RMR: WHAT LED YOU TO SWITCH YOUR FOCUS TO CANNABIS IN YOUR LAW PRACTICE?
Mio Asami: I grew up in Seattle, one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in the United States. I attended Hemp Fest almost every year since I was in eighth grade and my dad (a very unconventional parent, to say the least) often preached to me about the medicinal benefits of cannabis and other psychoactive drugs.
In my upbringing and as a recreational user, cannabis has always had a presence in my life. But I had genuinely never even heard of “cannabis law” until I went to law school because it’s still such a new realm of the law in relation to other forms like real estate law or law. So, really, I dove into this industry out of pure curiosity, driven by my passion for the plant itself.
I’ve also inadvertently been surrounded by startups my entire life. Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon (to name a few) all started in Seattle in a garage or corner café, all of which now have a presence around the world. So, I was raised immersed in a world of small businesses successfully expanding into multi-national entities; I attribute these success stories as the foundation for my passion for servicing small businesses.
I truly believe in the vision of small business owners and want to help in any way I can for those owners to reach their goals.