Wyman Park Dell
Backstory and Context
About four hundred people showed up here in April of 1978 to the First Annual Spiro Agnew Memorial Smoke-In at Wyman Park “protesting ant-pot laws in open defiance” of the law. (Whistler 9) Sponsored by the Yippies!, the protest involved music, speeches, and art as Towson University students smoked pre-rolled Columbian joints provided free of charge by the Yippies!. The Smoke-In demanded “an end to all marijuana laws, immediate freedom and retribution for all imprisoned, and a weekly stash for every year it was illegal.”(Whistler 9) Although there was heavy police presence with a helicopter circling Wyman Park, police followed a 'no-bust strategy' thus avoiding a confrontation between students and police. During the Yippies!’ famous smoke-ins, police would often not intervene because of the sheer number of participants. When hundreds of protesters are bunched together there was safety-in-numbers. (Weigant)
“About Wyman Park Dell.” Wyman Park Dell RSS, Friends of Wyman Dell, www.wymanparkdell.org/about-park/.
Weigant, Chris. “Friday Talking Points — D.C. Smoke-In History.” Huffington Post, 27 Feb. 2015, www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/friday-talking-points_b_6773412.html.
Whistler, Leonard. “Yippies invade Wyman Park for Annual Smoke-In.” The Towerlight, Towson University. April 21, 1978. Pg 9.