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LA Councilman Makes Triumphant Return After Taking Off To Battle Cancer

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl made a triumphant return to City Hall Tuesday after taking nearly two months off to battle cancer.

The councilman, who appeared to have lost some weight, entered the building with a walker due to treatment for cancer of the urinary tract.

Rosendahl said he’s both humbled and grateful for all the concern and care he’s received.

“I’m still in chemo treatment. I found my legs were coming back…that I could walk again. I felt my energy coming back,” he said.

Rosendahl said he’s ready to run for a third term as councilman in March, barring any setbacks.

“I believe, right now, a game change has happened … because the ability to come in here and do this is a major improvement,” he said.

Rosendahl is a loud, important voice for his constituents on the Westside.

“My people are really big on community service, so I feel strong enough not only to serve a third term, but my goal is to live until I’m 96,” he said.

At 67, the councilman said he’s an advocate for medical marijuana after something his doctor told him 10 years ago.

“I said, ‘Why marijuana?’ He said, ‘Because the neuropathy in your feet will be dramatically impacted by marijuana,’” Rosendahl said. “I don’t take it every day. I take it when I think it will give a boost to my immune system and to my sensibilities.”

Rosendahl said he has no reservations about accepting campaign funds from those who support marijuana.

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