Proposed Local Approved Products Policy

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 allows a territorial authority to have a Local Approved Products Policy, which may restrict:

  • the broad areas in which a retail premises can be located
  • the density of such retails premises
  • and their location near similar retail premises and to sensitive sites e.g. schools and pre-schools, community facilities and places of worship.

Council considered a range of options, including not having a policy and only using existing legislation, the development of a new bylaw and amending the district plan. Several people and organisations asked during the pre-consultation phase whether the Council could ban the sale of psychoactive substances altogether, but the law does not allow this. Council considers the proposed policy is the most effective method to achieve its objectives to:

  • Protect the health of, and minimise harm to, individuals who use psychoactive products
  • Minimise the exposure and potential for harm to users of “sensitive sites” within the community
  • Ensure the Council and community have influence over the location and density of retailers of approved products across the district

On 24 March 2015, Council resolved to consult on the proposed policy. The purpose of the proposed policy is to establish where the retail sale of psychoactive substances could be undertaken within Queenstown Lakes District, following consideration by the Ministry of Health Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority when granting licenses.