Views sought on draft policy for legal highs

Last updated 09:00 18/01/2014

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Feedback on where retailers of legal highs should be allowed to operate is being sought by the Palmerston North City Council

The council developed a draft local policy on psychoactive substances after last year's introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act.

The draft policy, if adopted, will guide decisions made by the Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority, which grants retailers with licences to sell approved psychoactive substances.

Mayor Jono Naylor said now was the time for residents to read the draft policy and consider if it was enough, too much, or if more needed to be done to safeguard the community.

"While I would personally like to see them banned from the city and the country, the Government has decided that they have a legitimate place in our society.

"Thankfully, the Government has given councils the ability to influence where they can be sold from and that is what the council is currently doing."

The draft policy is being widely distributed to community organisations, businesses, education providers, and other stakeholders.

The consultation period runs until February 24.

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- Manawatu Standard

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