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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Legal high retail location survey

Thissurvey provided feedback about the proposed legal high retail location policywhich sets out where legal highs (commonly referred to as ‘party pills’ or‘synthetic cannabis’) can be sold within Dunedin.

Key findings

There were 270 responses tothis survey.

  • 83 panellists agreed with sensitive sites as defined and this was the most common comment for the sensitive site question.
  • 16 panellists wanted the bottom of View Street included as a sensitive site as it is too close to Otago Girls High School.
  • Some panellists also suggested adding Queens Garden (5), Anzac, Toitu and behind the Railway Station (6) as sensitive sites.  Nine questioned why places of worship are included as sensitive sites.
  • 91 agreed with the buffer zones as defined.  23 wanted larger buffer zones.
  • Most comments about the effect of the proposed policy were that it would not affect them. Some noted that it would be more dangerous in the central city, while others were worried about the effects on the wider community.
  • Most common general comments about the sales of legal highs in Dunedin reiterated the complete ban of them. Some panellists wanted the restrictions to be as tight as possible, and others commented on the DCC's fair approach towards the policy.
  • There was a small number of comments throughout the survey suggesting the proposed policy is too restrictive: eight suggested legalising marijuana with restrictions; four suggested smaller buffer zones; four had no objection to sales of legal highs; and two commented that if legal highs posed ‘low harm’ then there would be no problem.
  • There were many comments throughout the survey about banning the sale of legal highs.  (Note that banning the sale of legal highs is outside the remit of local authorities.)

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