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Psychoactive Substances Policy

This page contains a summary of the Psychoactive Substances Policy and a link to the full version of it.
Updated: 9/07/2014 11:09 a.m.


Psychoactive substances are chemicals that cross the blood-brain barrier and act primarily upon the central nervous system to affect brain function. This results in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behaviour. Such substances include party pills and synthetic cannabis and are often described as 'legal highs'.

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (the Act) came into force on 18 July 2013. The Act regulates the importation, manufacture, and supply of Psychoactive Substances.

The purpose of the Act is "To regulate the availability of psychoactive substances in New Zealand to protect the health of, and minimise harm to, individuals who use psychoactive substances". The Act focuses on the activities of importation, manufacture, and supply rather than the impact of their actions on the broader community.

Council's role is covered by sections 66-69 of the Act which permit a territorial authority to develop a Locally Approved Products Policy (LAPP) relating to its district. Under the Act a LAPP may only comment on the location of licence holders within the district and their density within that location.

The Psychoactive Substances Policy outlines where businesses selling psychoactive substances could be located and what hours they could be open for business.

Follow the link below to view the full version of the policy.

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