SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana.
Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana, according to The Portland Press Herald. Owner Charlotte Gill is a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver.
Gill had initially tested the process by putting a lobster in a box with a few inches of water before marijuana smoke was blown into the box, WMTW-TV reported. The animal was calmer for the next three weeks, Gill said, and she released it into the ocean.
Gill said Friday she had started offering the "smoked" lobster meat recently and hopes to resume sales by mid-October.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Emily Spencer wouldn't say whether the state had asked Gill to halt such sales.
It's unknown whether pot smoke actually calms lobsters or has any effect on their meat.