03/06/2013 08:47 pm ET Updated Mar 07, 2013

Eric Garcetti, LA Mayoral Frontrunner, Calls On Federal Government To End Marijuana 'Hypocrisy' (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES -- Mayoral frontrunner Eric Garcetti continued to call on the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a medical substance, urging the Obama administration to end the "hypocrisy" of current drug laws.

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

The issue is personal for Garcetti because of colleague Bill Rosendahl, a fellow LA councilmember who is currently battling cancer. Garcetti mentioned on HuffPost Live that were it not for medical marijuana, Rosendahl would not be able to keep food down during his cancer treatments.

During an emotional council meeting last October, Rosendahl had pleaded with his colleagues to reverse a recently passed ban on marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles

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

Garcetti also said that while he was personally ambivalent about legalizing recreational marijuana use, he does worry that completely deregulating the drug could have adverse affects for LA's youth. But if strong regulations are put in place, said Garcetti, he'd "probably be for it" if LA voters take the lead on the issue.

Garcetti had previously made his position on marijuana clear in a mayoral candidates Q&A with HuffPost last February. He faces a mayoral runoff election with City Controller Wendy Greuel in May.

If LA voters do end up approving marijuana for recreational use, it just might go with something that Garcetti supporter Will Ferrell jokingly promised in his video endorsement of the candidate: free waffles.



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