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    Maine restaurant’s plan to mellow lobsters goes up in smoke

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    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — State health inspectors are investigating a restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana, according to a report.

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

    Gill said she had started offering “smoked” lobster meat recently and hopes to resume sales by mid-October.

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    Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Emily Spencer wouldn’t say whether the state had asked Gill to halt the sales.

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