Charlotte Gill, center, stands with two of her staff at Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in the local village of Seawall on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.
Gill said she had started offering "smoked" lobster meat recently and hopes to resume sales by mid-October.
"After being contacted by the state, and upon reviewing its present laws and codes applicable to this arena, and then making a few minor adjustments to our procedure, we are completely confident that we will be able to proceed as planned", Gill said. This is really from the perspective of how we expect verification from humans.
Gill said that she is grateful for the feedback she has gotten from the state because it is helping her make sure that her the process of boiling lobster can be made more humane.
"Maybe they should consider taking a page from our book and incorporating cannabis into their practices as well", she said. "These are important issues and ones that can also benefit not only the lobster, but the industry as well".
Whether marijuana can influence a lobster's behavior depends on if the crustaceans react to cannabinoids, the chemical compounds in marijuana, he said.
"If somebody offered me that option and said, 'Hey, do you want to do this first?' " said Charlotte Gill, the owner of Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, Me., "I would say a resounding 'yes'".
"Medical marijuana may only be grown for and provided to persons with a marijuana recommendation from a qualified medical provider", he said. The recreational marijuana law also says marijuana can not be exchanged for any type of payment or service. "It's still a very alert lobster, but there's no sign of agitation, no flailing of legs, no trying to pinch you", Gill said. Owner Charlotte Gill is a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver.
It's unknown whether pot smoke actually calms lobsters or has any effect on their meat.
Before the lobster went into the container, it would flap its tail and click and wave its claws.
"They're much simpler than insects", he said "They can't report".
But not everyone agrees.
Gill's initiative has reignited a long-running debate over whether lobsters feel pain at all, given their relatively primitive nervous systems, which lack a central cerebral cortex.
Gill plans to use the new method at customers' requests, and then build a larger tank to sedate multiple lobsters at once.