Purpose of prohibition:
Bringing controlled drugs such as cannabis, methadone or pseudoephedrine into New Zealand is illegal and is prohibited unless you have a licence to import from the Ministry of Health, or you are covered by the exemption outlined below.
Do not attempt to smuggle controlled drugs into New Zealand. The importation of such drugs could result in your imprisonment. Be cautious about carrying packages or baggage for strangers.
The Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA) has an exemption for people entering or leaving the country, with up to one month’s supply of a controlled drug. The drug must have been lawfully supplied to the person overseas for the purpose of treating a medical condition. Customs officers seize cannabis and other controlled drugs at the border when they are not satisfied that the controlled drug has been lawfully supplied for the purpose of treating a medical condition: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1975/0116/latest/DLM436242.html
If you are arriving into New Zealand carrying a controlled drug either on your person or in your luggage you must ensure:
you are carrying the controlled drug for yourself, or on behalf of someone travelling with you in your care or control (eg, parent/child or nurse/patient)
you declare the possession of the controlled drug on your incoming passenger arrival card which is lawfully required, and inspected, by the New Zealand Customs Service
you have a copy of the prescription from your doctor or a letter from your doctor stating that you are being treated with the controlled drug(s), the name of the drug and the applicable dosage
supply of the controlled drug specified in the prescription or letter is lawful in the country that the controlled drug was dispensed
you carry the controlled drug(s) in their original containers
you have a quantity not exceeding one month’s supply of the controlled drug.
Cannabis-based products for medical use supplied in the United States
Most cannabis-based products supplied in the United States of America cannot be carried with you when entering or leaving New Zealand.
Federal law in the United States prohibits the supply of most cannabis-based products. This means that under New Zealand law, cannabis-based products for medical use from the United States cannot be considered lawfully supplied, even with a doctor's authorisation for the product.
Three cannabis-based pharmaceuticals (Marinol, Syndros and Cesamet) are federally approved and can be imported provided you meet the terms of the exemption.
A licence to import from the Ministry of Health is needed to import controlled drugs into New Zealand.
Further information regarding the importation of controlled drugs can be obtained from the Ministry of Health at www.health.govt.nz or by phoning +64 4 819 6855.
Cannabis and methamphetamine utensils
Providing the pipe displays one or more (this provision applies to each of the above instruments) of the following prohibited features:
more than 2 holes
more than 1 inhalation hose or breathing port
provision for cooling smoke by drawing the smoke through water
a metal, glass, or ceramic bowl
an insertion placed in a bowl that is a gauze, wire mesh, screen, or insertion made of material that is not designed or intended to be burnt or dissolved in the bowl
Roach clips with a pincer or tweezer action if they depict cannabis fruit, cannabis seed, or any part of the cannabis plant, or what could reasonably be taken to be a depiction of cannabis fruit, cannabis seed, or any part of a cannabis plant.
For further information please see Fact Sheet 5.
Legislation: Misuse of Drugs Act 1975
Authority: Ministry of Health
Wednesday, 07 December 2016