Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Consultation opens on legal-highs retail policy

Consultation opens on legal-highs retail policy

Christchurch City Council’s consultation on its draft Psychoactive Products Retail Locations policy is now open.

The public have the opportunity to give feedback until 4 August, 2014, on the draft policy, which seeks to define where retailers can sell psychoactive products such as “party pills” and “herbal highs.”

The draft policy proposes to address location and density of licensed premises selling psychoactive products, and that approved retail premises:

- Are permitted only within the Central City (Central City Core and Central City Mixed Use Zones, as defined by the Christchurch City District Plan)
- Are not permitted within 50 metres of each other
- Are not permitted within 100 metres of a “sensitive site” — such as playgrounds, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary institutions and specialist drug and alcohol treatment and support services — at the time the application for a full licence is made.

Strategy and Planning Committee Chair Jamie Gough says that while a Government ban on the sale of legal highs is in place for now, the Council needs to plan ahead and prepare for when it is lifted.

“The Government’s recent Psychoactive Substances Amendment Act is a temporary ban, meaning ‘party pills’ and ‘herbal highs’ could be available in shops again within two years,” he says.

“If we wait or do nothing, the risk is that retailers of these products will be licensed again in the future, with no local policy in place to guide where they may locate their businesses in Christchurch.

“Because of this, it’s important that the Council, and the community, is forward-thinking on the issue.

“The consultation is an opportunity for retailers, users, health providers and the community as a whole to have their say on the draft policy and influence the decision-making process,” adds Councillor Gough.

The Ministry of Health is currently developing regulations covering psychoactive product approvals, which are expected to take effect in the next few months. Retail regulations are expected to be in place later by mid-2015.

It is expected that the Council’s policy will be formally adopted later this year.

The Council’s full proposal document, including a copy of the draft policy and information about how to make a submission, is available via the “Have Your Say” website at www.ccc.govt.nz/HaveYourSay

- ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop Editor "Ask me anything" : Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news