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Draft Local Approved Products Policy (‘legal highs’)

Open for submissions from Tuesday 3 December 2013 until 4.30 pm Monday 20 January 2014.

Nelson City Council is consulting on its Draft Local Approved Products Policy and we encourage you to have a say on how legal highs are controlled in Nelson.

Background

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 established a new licensing system for psychoactive products (or ‘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 Nelson City Council has opted to produce a Draft Local Approved Products Policy which is proposing the following:

  • Premises licensed for the sale of approved products under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 must be located within the Nelson Inner City Zone – City Centre, as defined in the Nelson Resource Management Plan.
  • Premises licensed for the sale of approved products under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 are not permitted within 100 metres of a kindergarten, early childhood centre, school, library, community centre, reserve, playground or place of worship.
  • New licenses for the sale of approved products under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 are not permitted from premises within 100 metres of an existing premise holding a licence (interim or full) to sell approved products.

Copies of the Statement of Proposal and the draft policy are available from the council website www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz (search phrase = psychoactive substances), Nelson Public Libraries or the Customer Service Centre at Civic House. Submissions close 4.30pm Monday 20 January 2014.