Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

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14 Licences


Licences granted under this Act shall be in such form and be subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, or permitted to be designed or imposed, and shall be issued by such persons as may be prescribed, by regulations made under this Act.


No licence to import into or export from New Zealand opium prepared for smoking shall be granted under this Act.


Except in the case of a licence issued for the purpose of research or study, no licence granted under this Act shall authorise the consumption, injection, or smoking of any controlled drug.


Except with the approval of the Minister, no licence shall be granted under this Act to any person who has been convicted of an offence against this Act or any Act repealed by this Act or by the Narcotics Act 1965 or whose licence under any such Act has been revoked by reason of his failure to comply with the conditions thereof or by reason of the breach of the provisions of any such Act or of any regulation made thereunder.


If at any time the laws of a country or territory prohibit or restrict the importation of a controlled drug into that country or territory, any licence to export that controlled drug from New Zealand may contain conditions calculated to prevent any contravention of those laws in relation to the controlled drug which is the subject of the licence.


Without prejudice to his liability under any other provision of this Act, every person commits an offence against this Act who contravenes or fails to comply with any condition of a licence granted to him under this Act.


This section does not apply in relation to licences for drug and substance checking service providers.

Compare: 1965 No 45 s 8; SR 1966/82 r 4(8); SR 1973/100 r 3

Section 14(7): inserted, on 7 December 2021, by section 9 of the Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Act 2021 (2021 No 50).