By Steve Elliott
A political lobbyist for a medical marijuana trade group in Maine will be dining with Governor Paul LePage after making the winning bid at a benefit auction for a dinner for four with the governor.
Paul McCarrier, a lobbyist for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, bid $1,000 at a Thursday auction to benefit the Legislative Memorial Scholarship Fund, report Steve Mistler and Michael Shepherd at the Portland Press Herald.
McCarrier told the Press Herald he wouldn't be lobbying Gov. LePage. He said he made the bid on behalf of a MMC group member who supports the governor and has been asking to get him a meeting with LePage.
The winning bid came in after others, including Democratic lawmakers, drove the bidding up to $875. When McCarrier bid $1,000, nobody made a counter bid.
"We were tempted to keep going," said Ericka Dodge, spokeswoman for the Senate Democrats," but we figured the marijuana folks deserved it."
"That's a whole scholarship," said Rep. Stacey Guerin (R-Glenblum), who ran the auction. Guerin said McCarrier "made quite a name for himself."
(Illustration: The Weed Blog)