published Monday, December 30th, 2013

Martin, Tenn., police chief says no to new meth law

MARTIN, Tenn. — The police chief in Martin says he won't enforce a new city ordinance that requires a prescription for anyone to buy a product containing any methamphetamine precursor.

Chief David Moore told The Jackson Sun the decision is based on an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General's office that says the 19 cities and counties who passed prescription-only pseudoephedrine ordinances did so illegally.

Moore said he wouldn't recommend enforcing an ordinance that the Tennessee attorney general opposes, but he said he hopes the state one day will have a law making pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug.

Martin is one of three cities in Weakley County that have the ordinance.

Currently the only statewide methamphetamine law in Tennessee is that every purchase of pseudoephedrine made in pharmacies is tracked by law enforcement.

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