State health inspectors are investigating a restaurant that gave lobsters marijuana to mellow them out.

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Inside the Law: Is It Legal to Give Medical Marijuana to Pets?

October 31, 2018 - 4:00 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  State health inspectors are investigating a restaurant that gave lobsters marijuana to mellow them out. 

The Maine Department of Health investigated a restaurant that offered "smoked" lobster meat, a dish made with lobsters sedated with marijuana. 

Maybe they wondered how the restaurant got lobsters to inhale it. Or, come to think of it, is it legal to give marijuana to lobsters, or your non-crustacean pets? 

Under the law in 28 states, people can buy medical marijuana with a doctor's prescription for themselves, but not for their pets. Veterinarians cannot legally prescribe pot in any state. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved cannabis products for pets and cautions pet owners against giving medical marijuana in any form to cats or dogs. 

The health officials in Maine likely weren't checking on the mood of the lobsters, but rather on whether there is any effect on humans who ate meat from an animal that had ingested marijuana. 

So far, there is no answer to that question or this one: doesn't lobster already cost enough? 

Save the dope and the dough.