This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2005 (the Act) created a regime for regulating restricted substances. Restricted substances are psychoactive drugs that are considered to be of low risk but still in need of some regulation. Part 3 of the Act established a limited number of controls for restricted substances, including a minimum purchase age of 18 years and prohibitions on free-of-charge distribution and the advertisement of restricted substances in certain media. Section 62 of the Act allowed for wider controls to be implemented through regulation.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, place further controls on the places from which restricted substances can be sold or supplied, the signage that must be displayed, and the advertising, labelling, packaging, and storage of restricted substances.
Currently, there are no restricted substances. These regulations are made in anticipation of 1 or more restricted substances being listed in Schedule 4 of the Act under the authority of section 33 of the Act.
Date of notification in Gazette: 9 October 2008.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.