The Hamilton City Council Psychoactive Substances Policy has now been adopted.
Ministry of Health's media release following decision to give effect to the Policy:
Hamilton City Council's media release in response:
Submissions on the Draft Psychoactive Substances Policy
A total of 525 submissions were received to the draft policy with 73 people requesting to speak at the Council hearings in support of their written submission.
The document below provides a list of submitters (submission number, name, and organisation), with links to the submission documents.
|14 January - 17 February 2014||Public consultation on the Draft Psychoactive Substances Policy|
|18 - 22 February 2014||Hearings for submitters who wished to speak to Council about their submission.|
|26 February 2014||Council made a decision on the submissions|
|27 February 2014||Council adopted the final Psychoactive Substances Policy|
Strategy and Policy Committee resolution on the
draft Psychoactive Substances Policy:
This was adopted by the Strategy and Policy Committee on 26 February, and was ratified by Council on 27 February. For more information click here.
Details of the resolution:
the report be received,
following public consultation and Council deliberations, the draft Psychoactive Substances Policy is amended for the following changes:
- Clause 5.1 "Location of premises from which approved products may be sold" is set as the Central City Area (Option 1),
- Clause 4 "Definitions" of Sensitive Site, to add to the list - the River, the River Walkway, pharmacies, medical centres, key bus stops and stand-alone public toilets,
- Policy to include a definition of educational institutions, medical centres and key bus stops
Council makes all other consequential amendments to the draft Psychoactive Substances Policy, required to give effect to these above decisions,
the amended Psychoactive Substances Policy be tabled at the 27 February 2014 Council meeting for adoption, and
Council resolves to submit on the Psychoactive Substances Regulations in support of enabling area prohibition of Psychoactive Substance sales; in addition the working group will consider alternative options available to supplement Council's Psychoactive Substances Policy including the issue of the management of anti-social behaviour in public places, taking into account the Central City Transformation Plan. This will include consideration of both a bylaw and changes to the District Plan.
Hamilton City Council's Psychoactive Substances Policy identifies the central city for where legal high retailers can be located.
There are currently eight interim licence holders in our city, five of which are located within the Central City. Under Council's policy and under the conditions of each interim licence, all of these licences are non-compliant. The Ministry of Health is now giving effect to our policy.
Taking into consideration the sensitive site buffer zones (retailers need to be at least 100m from a sensitive site), the policy only leaves areas on the outskirts of the Central City for legal high retailers to be located.
Our understanding is no full licences will be issued by the Ministry of Health until regulations are finalised which we understand will be no later than mid-2015.
Sensitive sites include:
- any library, museum, community hall or recreational facility,
- any place of worship, school, kindergarten, childcare centre or educational institution,
- any premise occupied by a social welfare agency such as Work and Income or similar agency,
- Civic Square, Garden Place, the Hamilton High/District Court, Embassy Park and the Transport Centre,
- the Waikato river, the river walkway, pharmacies medical centres, key bus stops and stand-alone public toilets.
Other actions the Council resolved to do included:
- submit on the Psychoactive Substances Regulations in support of enabling area prohibition of Psychoactive Substance sales;
- establish a working group to consider alternative options available to supplement Council's Psychoactive Substances Policy including the issue of the management of anti-social behaviour in public places and taking into account the Central City Transformation Plan. This will include consideration of both a bylaw and changes to the District Plan.
Listen to Julie Hardaker's interview with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB: