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L.A. Now Live: Discuss medical marijuana contributions to City Hall

Times City Hall reporter David Zahniser will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss efforts by medical marijuana advocates to contribute to Los Angeles City Council campaigns.

The live chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Zahniser reported that pot dispensaries have quietly made headway in mobilizing campaign cash for their key allies. Over the last year, dispensaries and their supporters have given more than $16,000 to the reelection campaigns of two Westside councilmen who opposed a pot-shop ban, according to a Times review.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a longtime proponent of legalizing pot, accepted nearly $8,900 from medical marijuana advocates last year, more than one-tenth of the money collected by his campaign in 2011. He is up for reelection in March.

Councilman Paul Koretz, who also is up for reelection, saw 9% of his campaign contributions in the last year, or more than $7,300, come from dispensaries and their advocates.

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