Winchester chief says he'll enforce meth rules

Winchester chief says he'll enforce meth rules

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A Tennessee police chief says he will continue to enforce a local ordinance controlling the sale of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine despite a ruling from the attorney general saying the state prohibits such laws.

Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young told The Chattanooga Times Free Press on Tuesday that he thinks the city's ordinance is on solid ground.

His statement came after state Attorney General Bob Cooper issued a legal opinion that says Tennessee law prohibits cities and counties from enacting such ordinances.

The legal opinion comes as several municipalities have passed laws requiring a doctor's prescription to buy pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines in hopes of cracking down on meth production.

Cooper said in his opinion that the General Assembly's intent has been for statewide rules enforcing meth precursors.

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