Looney: Make Connecticut more blue. Legalize and tax pot, allow cities to tax, mandate paid family and sick leave.

Blue ConnecticutConnecticut Senate Pro Tem Martin Looney is already looking ahead to the day Connecticut allows marijuana for recreational purposes.  Looney, who underwent successful kidney transplant surgery on Tuesday, hopes to be at the opening of the General Assembly session on Jan. 4.  He has introduced legislation that would legalize pot and allow the state to tax its sale.  Currently, only medical marijuana is legal in the state.

Despite Republicans gaining seats in both the state House and state Senate in last month’s elections, Looney introduced several pieces of legislation that tilt Blue Connecticut even further to the left.  He introduced a bill that would enable cities and towns to have the power to levy a sales tax.  Another bill would mandate paid family and sick leave.  A fourth piece of legislation would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, phased in over five years.