Lobster pound owner thinks she has a kinder ‘exit strategy’ for her lobsters: Get them stoned

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A local lobster pound owner believes she may have found a new, marijuana-based method for killing Maine’s signature seafood species more humanely.

A lobster named Roscoe was Charlotte Gill’s first test subject.

In her experiment, Gill placed Roscoe in a covered box with about two inches of water at the bottom. Marijuana smoke was then blown into the water.

Gill’s hypothesis is that the pot sedates the lobsters, making their deaths less traumatic.

“I feel bad that when lobsters come here there is no exit strategy,” said Gill, who has owned Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound for seven years. “It’s a unique place and you get to do such unique things but at the expense of this little creature. I’ve really been trying to figure out how to make it better.”

Following the experiment, Roscoe’s claw bands were removed for nearly three weeks while he remained in the pound’s tank.

His mood seemed to

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