Compassion For Life
So many are curious as to why we at Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound are forging this new path.
Well, the answer is simple.
Love, and the knowledge that life, in all its forms, is sacred. If we are going to take a life we believe we have the obligation to do so as compassionately as possible.
It is our hope that practices incorporating cannabis, (where animals are part of the food chain), will become industry standards. This world has enough pain and suffering and it’s time to make it a better place.
We are going to do our part, by starting here, with this ONE thing.
Prior to our experiments getting lobsters “high”, we found studies indicating that yes, lobsters do indeed have cannabinoid receptors. See "Cannabinoid receptors in invertebrates" by McPartland, et al.
We also found studies indicating that some invertebrates such as snails (and possibly also crustaceans such as lobsters, the invertebrate distant cousins of the snail) show signs of relief from trauma caused by physical pain when cannabis is administered to them. See "Pharmacological effects of cannabinoids on learning and memory in Lymnaea" by Sunada, et al.
Based on the evidence from the research we've done, as well as studies by others on the internet, we believe that our idea has a legitimate scientific basis. We're grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the discussion of finding more humane ways of preparing our foods, and we invite the world's professional scientists to work with us to confirm or deny this idea that cannabis may help the animals we choose to eat.
- Mick, crew-member at Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound
In September 2018, we were contacted by the State of Maine and asked not to proceed due to the lack of legislation in these areas and the State's concerns about using human medicinal marijuana on lobsters. Rather than letting this news discourage our work, it has instead emboldened Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster and others to diligently scour Maine’s various laws and codes that pertain to both the restaurant and the compassionate practice itself.
We continue to implement and refine our processes, and we are completely confident that our ongoing efforts will bring us into undeniable compliance with not only the State, but with other associated issues that may arise in the future. We are not currently selling this meat, nor have we sold it in the past. The lobster that we have prepared thus far was purely for our own testing and study so that we could build a base of information to work from when we are challenged in the future.
The reports saturating the media that our “high-end” lobster was, or has ever been, available by customer request are incorrect. In fact, its production for the public was not planned to begin until late November 2018. However, due to all the interest, we have now decided to move the date up, and expect to offer the lobster for public sale by mid to late October 2018. Another important note is that we are not charging for this process, and our lobster prices will stay the same or perhaps even go down if enough volume is generated, as ultimately, we are doing this out of compassion for the lobsters and their well-being, not our own.
We genuinely want to work with the State to resolve all their concerns. We are friend not foe. Not the opposition. Only a little group of hardworking Mainers trying to make the world a kinder place. We hope to walk this new road together with them, but are ultimately willing to blaze the trail alone if need be.