Story: Drugs

Classes of drugs

This table shows the penalties that applied for the three classes of drugs in New Zealand in 2012. The classification of drugs is based on recommendations of the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs. An indictable offence is a serious offence that is dealt with by a jury trial. A summary offence is dealt with by a District Court judge, sitting without a jury.

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Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Legal and social response to drugs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013