Local Approved Products Policy

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Ashburton District Council has prepared a Local Approved Products Policy – or "Legal Highs" policy as provided for under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013.

Council, at its meeting on Thursday 18 September 2014 adopted it's Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP). The draft policy was available for residents to provide feedback through submissions from 30 May to 30 June 2014.

View the Local Approved Products Policy

About The LAPP

A LAPP enables community input into where approved legal highs (psychoactive products) are sold.

The policy can do this by reference to:

  • broad areas in a district (such as the central business district)
  • the proximity of one retailer to another (for example, a council might want to cluster retail outlets, or ensure that they are some distance apart)
  • other premises, such as schools, places of worship, or other community facilities.

The Act does not allow a council's LAPP to ban legal highs or prohibit their sale within the district altogether.

The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority will use the LAPP to make decisions on applications for licences to sell legal highs.

Council will have no ongoing regulatory involvement other than reviewing the LAPP at least every five years.


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