Even after the 1996 marijuana legalization in California, cannabis and its dispensaries can create controversy. To Napa resident Micah Malan, cannabis created a lifeline.
“Returning from a snowboarding trip my first semester of college, I fell asleep, then the driver fell asleep,” said Malan. “I woke up from a coma two months later and was told I’d never walk again.”
At the time, understanding how to function and manage pain as a quadriplegic seemed impossible. To Malan, taking take opiates for the rest of his life was inconceivable.
“In 2000, I started taking cannabis to deal with the pain,” he said. “Although there wasn’t a lot of information available then.”
When he figured out what cannabis types eased his physical suffering, Malan decided to educate those with similar injuries.
Along with others, “I helped start the Napa Spinal Cord Injury Network. We have about 20 members, many of whom are new people trying to figure out solutions to their medical issues. We help people find the right doctors, the best equipment for them, and what medications are available.”
Malan intended to offer more help.
He and three partners, Amos Flint, Jerred Kiloh and Ty Heldt, saw the need for an additional medicinal cannabis dispensary in Napa that could serve as a resource. They opened Abide Medical Dispensary.