December 09, 2018
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Restaurant that sedates lobsters with marijuana under investigation

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
Charlotte Gill, center, stands with her staff at Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in the local village of Seawall on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana.

The Portland Press Herald reports Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana. Owner Charlotte Gill is a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver.

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Gill said Friday she had started offering “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.

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It’s unknown whether pot smoke actually calms lobsters or has any effect on their meat.

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