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LOS ANGELES (  — Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl announced Thursday his cancer is in remission.

The 67-year-old Rosendahl gave major credit to medical marijuana for his recovery.

Rosendahl told reporters last July he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the ureter, located between his kidney and bladder.

“Frankly I was given a death sentence,” he said. Doctors told him he would not live to see last November’s election and prompted his decision not to seek a third term.

“I went though five months of hell,” Rosendahl said.

Marijuana allowed him to get a full and painless night’s sleep and he said he started feeling stronger about two months ago.

“I hope to live another 30 years,” Rosehdahl said, “I’m very optimistic.”

Rosendahl is returning to the private sector now that his district is set to transfer to his chief of staff, Mike Bonin, who won in the March 5 primary election.

Rosendahl supports Proposition D, one of three medical marijuana measures on the May 21 ballot that would keep about 130 existing pot dispensaries open in Los Angeles, while restricting others from opening.

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