A Petaluma man on his way to watch the Cardinal Newman High School basketball game on Feb. 20 was severely injured when he swerved his vehicle off the road to avoid hitting a small animal that jumped out in front of his car.

Phillip Paskal, 62, who lives in Petaluma and owns Top Speed Sports in town, was driving on Old Redwood Highway, heading up to Santa Rosa to meet his son — a junior at Cardinal Newman — for the North Coast Sectional division game against Cloverdale. According to his wife, Adrienne, Paskal said a small animal — possibly a dog or a cat — ran out in front of his car, causing Paskal to swerve completely off the roadway and crash his car between two large trees.

Paskal was trapped for more than an hour, while emergency workers used the Jaws of Life to extract him from his vehicle. "After seeing his car, with the whole driver's side completely smashed in, I'm just so thankful he's still alive," said a shaken Adrienne Paskal Monday.

Paskal's condition is serious. According to doctors, Paskal fractured eight ribs, his hip and his pelvis, and suffered a C7 vertebrae spinal fracture. He was transported from the accident to the intensive care unit at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he remained for two days. Then, he was moved to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, where he remains. Adrienne Paskal said her husband is facing six to eight weeks of physical rehabilitation, which means more than two months away from his business.

"In a split moment, you're whole life changes," she said.

The Petaluma Valley Rotary is helping the Paskal family with meals during Paskal's hospitalization. If anyone would like to help, visit www.petalumavalleyrotary.org. Donations can also be sent to the Petaluma Valley Rotary Trust at P.O. Box 2101, Petaluma, CA 94953.

(Contact Janelle Wetzstein at janelle.wetzstein@arguscourier.com)

Pot around Sonoma County

Three Sonoma County cannabis dispensaries will be open for adult-use sales on Jan. 1, 2018:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
785 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol

SPARC/Peace in Medicine
10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6771 Sebastopol Ave. #100, Sebastopol

Mercy Wellness of Cotati
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
7950 Redwood Drive #8, Cotati

Pot around Sonoma County

Sebastopol: Adult-use and medical cannabis sales take place at the city’s two dispensaries. Manufacturing and other aspects of the business will be considered in 2018. Indoor cultivation for personal use is allowed.

Cotati: Allows adult-use and medical cannabis sales at its sole dispensary.

Santa Rosa: Medical marijuana businesses are allowed in the city. Santa Rosa will allow sales of adult-use cannabis on Jan. 19. Indoor cultivation for personal use is allowed.

Cloverdale: Up to two cannabis dispensaries are allowed in the city, although there are none currently. Manufacturing, distribution and cultivation business permit applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Petaluma: Allows cannabis delivery services and some cannabis manufacturing but has not allowed any dispensaries inside city limits.

Windsor: Dispensaries and other types of cannabis businesses as well as outdoor cultivation is banned in Windsor. Residents must get a town permit for personal-use cultivation, which is only allowed to occur indoors.

Sonoma city: Cannabis cultivation, indoor and outdoor, is banned but the rule will be reconsidered December 2018. Delivery businesses with headquarters outside the city must acquire a city permit to conduct deliveries in the city. Some personal cultivation is allowed but residents must comply with a variety of city requirements like security systems.

Sonoma County: Rules are in places for medical marijuana businesses and supervisors will consider rules for adult use in 2018.

Rohnert Park: Does not all manufacturing, distributing or selling marijuana within city limits.

Healdsburg: Prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries.


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