New legislation to regulate synthetics
Retailers planning on gaining licences to sell synthetic cannabis might have a few more hurdles to jump.
New legislation regulating the product and the number of premises permitted to sell the substance is currently going through Parliament.
No other outlet can be established until the Psychoactive Substances Regulations come into force. When the legislation is enacted it will allow Local Government to control the point of sale.
South Waikato District Council is developing a policy for when the law is passed, which it hopes will limit the sale of the controversial drug.
Mayor Neil Sinclair said the Local Approved Product Policy will address elements such as store location and hours of operation.
‘‘ Things like it’s not allowed to operate within 100 metres of a school,’’ he said.
The proposed bylaw comes as little consolation
Synthetic cannabis can only be banned by Central Government. for those protesting against Tokoroa’s R18 Party Shop.
Existing rights mean you can’t apply a law retrospectively, Mr Sinclair said.
‘‘And unfortunately our shop is so close to the early learning centre.’’
He said people hoping for a district wide ban are dreaming.
‘‘You can’t make a bylaw that prohibits things that are legal.’’
But Mr Sinclair said he is fighting tooth and nail to change that very premise.
He said he is working with National MP Todd McClay to offer a way of identifying the essential ingredient in synthetics.
‘‘We will see if that can be used to install an importation ban.’’
He said the proposal went out to officials a couple of months ago and he is awaiting a response.
The aim is to use the Misuse of Drugs Act to introduce the blanket ban.
‘‘Every mayor would love to see a way of banning it rather than just controlling the point on sale,’’ he said.
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