'SMOKED LOBSTER?' Restaurant claimed to calm crustaceans with pot

Pound owner who sedates lobster with marijuana to continue despite concerns raised by state, PETA

Maine investigates restaurant for using marijuana on lobsters before cooking them

State health inspectors are investigating a ME lobster restaurant that hoped to mellow out lobsters with marijuana. But the program doesn't comment on medical marijuana violations, so it would not confirm whether it was investigating Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound or Gill, spokesman David Heidrich said. After being exposed to the smoke, the lobster was docile and serene, Gill said.

Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Emily Spencer wouldn't say whether the state had asked Gill to halt the sales. "So calm, in fact, that you're able to freely touch the lobster all over without them trying to strike at you or to be aggressive in any way".

In Maine, marijuana is not prohibited by law.

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Gill and her employees have developed a prototype similar to a so-called "hot box", in which a lobster is placed in a sealed, plastic container with a couple of inches of water in the bottom and then marijuana smoke is blown in via a tube that allows the smoke to bubble up through the water.

"Maybe they should consider taking a page from our book and incorporating cannabis into their practices as well", she said. They believe it to be more humane than the traditional methods.

But lobster scientists are less certain of the sedative effect, noting that lobsters don't use their claws as weapons, and whether it would make their deaths less traumatic. There is increasing evidence that crustaceans can feel pain. Gill hopes to have a process in place the sedate all her lobsters before cooking by next season. "THC breaks down completely by 392 degrees, therefore we will use both steam as well as a heat process that will expose the meat to 420 degree extended temperature, in order to ensure there is no possibility of carryover effect (even though the likelihood of such would be literally impossible)".

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