In my never ending quest to seek out humorous or curious articles on the law, about several weeks ago, I came across an article about a seafood restaurant in Southwest Harbor, Maine, called the Lobster Pound. At the outset, there is nothing unusual about the restaurant, however, upon closer inspection - it has expressed great interest in getting the lobsters stoned before they're ordered for dinner. I don't know if it's more humane to get the lobster "baked" before he is boiled, but "the powers that be" thought this was the best way to lessen the lobster's anxiety while getting boiled alive.
How does the process work you may ask? When the lobsters are picked for consumption, they are removed, placed in a box, where marijuana smoked is blown into the box. I don't know exactly who is doing the blowing into the box and that person's anxiety level, but according to the owner, Charlotte Gill, the lobsters seem calm and sedated. Again, I'm not sure if she is actually talking about the lobster or the smoker.
According to Gill, steaming (instead of boiling) the lobster will remove all the exposure to THC, so....no worries. I'm very curious how the local health department will view Gill's experiment in a state that has yet to legalize marijuana consumption.
According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), it has released an official statement, "It is highly unlikely that getting a lobster high would make a lick of difference when it comes to the full-blown agony of being boiled or steamed alive. There is a well-established, foolproof way to prevent crustaceans from suffering, though, and that's by not eating them."
So, what is the moral of the story? As the Beatles once sang, "Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends."