Councilman Bill Rosendahl Admits to Using Medical Marijuana

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl revealed to the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that he not only supports legalizing medical marijuana nationwide (we already knew this), he smokes it, too.

The story surrounds the L.A. City Council’s vote last Tuesday in favor of banning all medical marijuana dispensaries in the city and highlights the fact that Rosendahl, who represents District 11 and is up for re-election next March, has accepted nearly $9,000 from medical marijuana advocates over the past year.

Opting to step out from behind the smoke, Rosendahl told the Times he has a medical marijuana prescription for neuropathy, “a nerve disorder that can make his feet ‘red hot with pain,'” says the publication, and has had the card for a decade. The revelation makes Rosendahl, whose district includes the cities of Brentwood, Marina del Rey, and Venice, the first politician at City Hall to admit to consuming medical marijuana.

Rosendahl posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday:

Friends – As you may have read this morning, I shared with the Los Angeles Times this morning that I have a prescription for medical marijuana. For decades, I have advocated for the decriminalization of marijuana, and strongly believe that patients should be able to use it medicinally.

Councilman Paul Koretz has also raked in over $7,300 from medical marijuana supporters in the past year but denies using the herb.

– Read the entire article at LAist.