Coun­cil to press on


Porirua City Coun­cil has de­cided to go ahead with de­vel­op­ing its own pol­icy to deal with syn­thetic drugs, de­spite the Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ban them.

The coun­cil voted last month to de­velop a pol­icy about where le­gal highs could be sold. Since then, the Govern­ment has de­cided to push through a law ban­ning their sale un­til they have been proven safe.

Mayor Nick Leggett said he was very happy with the law change, but the coun­cil needed a pol­icy to pro­tect Porirua.

‘‘ In the short term, it’s ex­actly what the coun­try has been call­ing for. It con­cerns me it’s not a per­ma­nent fix,’’ he said.

Leggett said the law gave the coun­cil more time to de­velop its pol­icy, which was planned to be fin­ished by Christ­mas.

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