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Auckland Council Votes to Support ‘Legal High’ Policy

Auckland Council Votes Unanimously to Support ‘Legal High’ Policy

The Manurewa Local Board has welcomed the unanimous resolution of Auckland Council’s Regional Strategy and Policy Committee yesterday to begin work on a region wide Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP) to restrict the sale of ‘legal highs’ in Auckland.

The policy will be developed from the grassroots up, rather than top down after an amendment was made to the work plan to ensure that the policy would not be another ‘one size fits all’ policy approach to Auckland.

“We have the fortunate position under the new Auckland Council model to be able to have a truly unique policy approach to develop this policy.” Says Manurewa Local Board Deputy Chair Simeon Brown.

“Once developed this will ensure that the community can clearly dictate where ‘legal high’ shops can and cannot be located .

Manurewa Local Board Chair Angela Dalton, who presented to the meeting said she believed that this was a win for communities, who along with their Local Boards will be able to create local policies which reflect the local concerns of their communities on ‘legal highs’.

“We presented to the Hamilton City Council on the development of their policy last month, and one of the key learning’s was that this policy development needs to be taken carefully, and driven from the communities up.

“What we would now like to see happen is that each Local Board could put in place a local policy for their area, which will feed up into a LAPP for the whole region.”

The LAPP will be developed in consultation with communities across Auckland in consultation with Local Boards over the coming year, with the goal of having the policy in place by May 2015, when the proposed Psychoactive Substances Regulations will be in place.

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