Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill

Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

16—1

Explanatory note

General policy statement

This Bill amends the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances that are not approved products. The intention of the Bill is to increase the penalty associated with the supply of non-approved products in line with the penalties for the supply of Class C drugs under section 6(2)(c) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 is the commencement clause. It provides that the Bill comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Clause 3 provides that the Bill amends the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (the principal Act).

Clause 4 amends section 70 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying unapproved psychoactive substances.

Simeon Brown

Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

16—1

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title

This Act is the Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Act 2018.

2 Commencement

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

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (the principal Act).

4 Section 70 amended

In section 70(3)(a), replace “2 years” with “8 years”.