Shatter, a powerful marijuana derivative, hits New Brunswick

Police warn of dangers of using and producing the drug that looks like peanut brittle, or taffy.

A new powerful form of marijuana has popped up in New Brunswick, and police are warning about the dangers of using and producing the drug.

Shatter, named for its often peanut brittle-like texture and tendency to break into glass-like shards, is a concentrated derivative of marijuana.

It has a THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) level of between 70 and 99 per cent, said Const. Dylan Lisson, of the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that produces a high.

By comparison, the THC level of standard marijuana is about five to 18 per cent, said Lisson.

Kennebecasis police seized a small amount of shatter — 0.25 grams —  from an 18-year-old Quispamsis man a few weeks ago, along with some marijuana, LSD, MDMA and magic mushrooms, following an undercover investigation.

The shatter in that case was in a sticky, taffy-like form, said Lisson. Both...

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