Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2003

Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2003

Public Act2003 No 86
Date of assent21 October 2003

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2003.

    (2) In this Act, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Exemptions from sections 6 and 7
  • (1) Section 8(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the words registered midwife,, in both places where they occur, the words designated prescriber,.

    (2) Section 8(2) of the principal Act is amended by repealing paragraph (b), and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (b) any pharmacist may produce, manufacture, or supply controlled drugs—

      • (i) listed in the pharmaceutical schedule within the meaning of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 for the purposes of a person eligible for a subsidy for the supply of controlled drugs; or

      • (ii) for the purposes of the hospital in which he or she is employed; or

      • (iii) pursuant to a prescription or order issued by a medical practitioner, dentist, designated prescriber, or veterinarian:..

4 Treatment of persons dependent on controlled drugs
  • (1) Section 24(1A) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the word practitioner in both places where it occurs, and substituting in each case the word prescriber.

    (2) Section 24(7)(a) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the words who may, the words , subject to any general or specific conditions imposed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Director-General of Health,.

5 Evidence of analysis
  • Section 31(5) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of member of the police, and substituting the following definition:

    member of the police includes the following persons

    • (a) a member of the Royal New Zealand Naval Police:

    • (b) a member of the New Zealand Army Military Police:

    • (c) a member of the Air Security Branch of the Royal New Zealand Air Force:

    • (d) an officer of the Air Security specialisation of the Administrative Branch of the Royal New Zealand Air Force..

6 Regulations
  • Section 37 of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after paragraph (f), the following paragraph:

    • (fa) regulating the issue of standing orders that authorise the supply and administration of controlled drugs, imposing conditions, limitations, requirements, or restrictions in relation to the contents of standing orders of that kind and their use, and providing for any other matters that are necessary or desirable for the administration of standing orders of that kind:..


Legislative history

16 October 2003Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3), third reading