Cannabis is classed as a Category C drug. This means that if you are caught using it, you could be fined or even face the risk of a jail sentence. However, the fact that is defined as having a moderate risk means that the police are unlikely to place high levels of resources in searching for offenders. Discretion if using in a public place is a good idea, and in a private location, such as your own home is even better. Be aware of the fact that letting someone else use cannabis could also lead to as much as 3 years’ imprisonment. Besides it’s illegal to sell cannabis and associated accoutrements, such as bongs and pipes. Common sense is key – smoking at home with the windows shut is fine – wandering around a busy town centre with a joint is likely to get you busted.
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Using cannabis in New Zealand
Even if you are planning to grow weed for personal use, you must be aware of the risk of a criminal record and one of several penalties, such as a $2,000 fine and a two-year sentence or a $2,000 fine. Someone classed as a dealer will face more serious consequences than someone believed to be in possession of cannabis for personal use.
Importing, growing and supplying cannabis is viewed by New Zealand’s criminal justice system as a more serious offence than personal use and the penalisations are accordingly more severe. If caught, you could face a prison sentence for up to eight years.
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The Class C drug is mainly being imported from the Netherlands and United Kingdom, Northern Ports NZ customs manager Dominic Adams said.
Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson said two Tokoroa locals were arrested recently following the execution of a search warrant at a house seeds were addressed to.
The illicit mail isn’t addressed to hot spots, per se. It covers most of the country, Adams said.
"The ramifications can be quite serious," he said.
"At the house we found other drug related equipment and items of interest and just on 100 cannabis plants," he said.
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Obtain a Ministry of Health Licence to Import a Controlled Drug
The only part of the low THC Cannabis sativa plant allowed to be sold as food or used as an ingredient in food is the seed.
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From 12 November 2018 hemp (cannabis sativa) seed food products will be able to be imported into (and exported from) New Zealand. What are the rules?
Will consuming low-THC hemp seed food products cause someone to fail a roadside or workplace drug test?
Consignment Importing Requirements