THE actor who played David Starsky in the 1970s police drama Starsky & Hutch is fighting a drug charge in Kentucky for what he says is medical marijuana from California.

The Daily News in Bowling Green reports a lawyer entered a not guilty plea on Thursday on behalf of 69-year-old Paul Michael Glaser of Venice, California.

Bowling Green police charged Glaser with possession of marijuana and a pipe on May 10, hours after he read an excerpt of his young adult novel, Chrystallia and the Source of Light, to students at a middle school.

According to a police citation, Glaser said he had medical marijuana prescribed to him in California.

He was arrested after an anonymous call to police that a man was smoking marijuana in a hotel.