City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who the LA Times calls a longtime proponent of legalizing marijuana, told David Zahniser that he has had his own medical marijuana prescription for a decade. The pot helps him with painful neuropathy in his feet, Rosendahl says.
That makes the councilman, whose district stretches from Westchester to Pacific Palisades, the first politician at City Hall to acknowledge being a consumer of medical marijuana. Rosendahl would not divulge where he obtains his marijuana but said he does so legally.
Pot dispensaries, said Rosendahl, are no different than any other group seeking to weigh in at City Hall. "They wanted to do something for me, and it's been clear for 20 to 30 years where I stand on this issue. I think the war on drugs is destroying this great nation."
He has accepted $8,900 in campaign contributions from medical marijuana dispensaries and their supporters in the past year, the Times reports. Councilman Paul Koretz has taken $7,300.