Yesterday came news that Bill Rosendahl smokes pot for medical reasons and missed a key City Council vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries because of his health.

Smokes weed, you said. Missed a historic vote, you exclaimed.

Well, turns out he has a good reason for both. The Westside city councilman announced today that he's battling cancer:

In a blog post titled, “I'm Going to Beat This,” Rosendahl was upbeat in announcing to the world that he has pelvic cancer.

The 67-year-old says he was diagnosed this week after seeking a doctor's help during City Council's summer break last month. He had persistent back pain:

Credit: Rosendahl / Facebook

Credit: Rosendahl / Facebook

My doctors feel there is abundant reason for optimism. The cancer is slow-moving, has not spread to any vital organs, and does not affect my digestive system. To keep up my strength, the doctors have given me permission to eat anything I want (to which, as a longtime diabetic, I say: “Great! Great! Great! Great! Great!”).

He says that the work of his district will get done:

[His staffers] will ensure potholes get filled, graffiti gets painted out, and motions get introduced on my behalf to make sure our key projects keep moving.

And the cancer's not stopping a third-term run in the 11th District, Rosendahl says.

… I am going to spend the next five years making sure we provide top-notch constituent service to residents of the 11th District.

Keep on toking, Bill.

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