August 28, 2015 2:22 pm
Updated: August 28, 2015 6:02 pm

Warning after potent marijuana drug makes 1st appearance in N.S.

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WATCH ABOVE: RCMP in Nova Scotia are sending a warning after a relatively new drug called shatter was found for the first time in the province. Global’s Dave Squires reports.

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia RCMP are putting out a warning after making the province’s first seizure of a potent marijuana drug.

Around 8 p.m. on Thursday, a RCMP officer stopped a vehicle in New Minas for a cell phone violation. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 100 grams of “shatter” along with a small amount of marijuana and cash.

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“Shatter” is made by extracting resin from cannabis marijuana.

“The result is a product with a high tetrahydrocannabinol level which can be quite toxic and often highly addictive,” said Cst. Mark Skinner with Nova Scotia RCMP.

The term “shatter” refers to the appearance of the drug, which can look like amber-coloured glass.

RCMP say the high potency of the drug can catch users off guard and can cause serious damage to the body. For example, while marijuana has a THC level between 12 and 15 percent, shatter is significantly higher.

“The thing about shatter is it’s highly potent, the THC content is very high, sometimes as high as 90 percent,” said Cst. Skinner.

Shatter is ingested by melting a piece of the glass like substance and inhaling the vapours. RCMP are calling it a “new trend” in the drug world. They say they have been aware of it for some time before Wednesday’s discovery in Nova Scotia.

A 21-year-old Bridgewater man was arrested and faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, as well as a cell phone violation.

He will appear in Kentville court on Oct. 26.

With files from Dave Squires, Global News

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