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TDC Draft Psychoactive Products Policy – Out for Comment

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 established a new licensing system for psychoactive products, often referred to as ‘legal highs’, and persons who wish to manufacture or retail such products. The Act also allows councils to develop a Local Approved Products Policy to control the location, density and proximity of retailers of psychoactive substances.

The Tasman District Council has opted to produce a Draft Local Approved Products Policy, now out for comment.

Draft Psychoactive Products Policy

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 established a new licensing system for psychoactive products, often referred to as ‘legal highs’, and persons who wish to manufacture or retail such products. The Act also allows councils to develop a Local Approved Products Policy to control the location, density and proximity of retailers of psychoactive substances.

The Tasman District Council has opted to produce a Draft Local Approved Products Policy which is proposing the following:

(i) Premises licensed for the sale of approved psychoactive substances must be located within the central business zone, as defined in the Tasman Resource Management Plan, in Richmond, Motueka or Takaka.

(ii) Premises licensed for the sale of approved psychoactive substances are not permitted within 100 metres of a kindergarten, early childhood centre, school, library, community centre, reserve, playground or place of worship.

(iii) New licenses for the sale of approved psychoactive substances are not permitted from premises within 150 metres of an existing premises holding a licence (interim or full) to sell approved products.

The full Statement of Proposal can be viewed during ordinary office hours at Council’s Richmond Office, Service Centres and libraries. It can also be viewed or copied from the Council’s website www.tasman.govt.nz

All submissions on the proposal are to be in writing and posted or delivered to: The Administration Advisor, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, 189 Queen Street, Richmond 7031, or they may be emailed to info@tasman.govt.nz or faxed to 03 543 9524. Persons wishing to be heard in support of their written submission should note that the date proposed for oral submissions is 15 November 2013. Submissions can be made any time until 4.30 pm on Monday 4 November 2013.

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