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California: L.A.'s New Mayor Says Legalizing Marijuana Is 'Not A Problem'

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti, who was elected last month on the same day that voters approved capping the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in town, on Sunday said that he would be OK with legalizing cannabis for general use.

During a short interview with Jorge Ramos of Univision on Sunday, Garcetti was asked if he thought marijuana should be legalized, reports Jacob Sullum at Reason.com. He replied that marijuana is important for medical use, "But if in the future, California's voters want it for casual use, for me, it's not a problem."

Garcetti, currently a member of the Los Angeles City Council, went on to suggest that enforcement of the marijuana laws is diverting law enforcement personnel from more important tasks.

"I want to use the police department's resources for more serious crimes, but they are usually tied up in these crimes that aren't as important," Garcetti said. "Still, it would need to be decided by a statewide vote."

Californians rejected legalization measure Proposition 19 by a seven-point margin in 2010. Last year, voters in Colorado and Washington approved legalization by a margin of more than 10 points in both states.

Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority notes that Garcetti made similar comments before winning the mayoral election.

"I'll respect the voters on that," Garcetti said. "If folks wanna do that, it would be fine for recreational use."

California: L.A. Mayor Frontrunner Calls On Feds To End Marijuana 'Hypocrisy'

Source: blogdowntownBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Los Angeles mayoral frontrunner Eric Garcetti is calling on the federal government to reclassify marijuana as medically useful, urging the Obama Administration to end what he called the "hypocrisy" of current pot laws.

"I think the federal government should do that swiftly and end some of the hypocrisy on the use of marijuana as a medicine," Garcetti told HuffPost Live's Jacob Soboroff on Wednesday.

Garcetti said the issue is personal for him because of fellow L.A. City Council member Bill Rosendahl, who is fighting cancer, reports The Huffington Post. According to Garcetti, if it weren't for medical marijuana, Rosendahl would not be able to keep food down during his cancer treatments.

During an emotional city council meeting last October, Rosendahl begged his fellow council members to reverse a recently passed dispensary ban in Los Angeles.

"Where does anybody go, even a councilman go, to get his medical marijuana?" Rosendahl asked during the meeting. He decided not to seek reelection this year, in order to focus on his recovery.

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