Chris “the Anarchist” Ryan, a long time Central Ohio resident, was sentenced today, Monday April 26, 2010 in Nebraska by Judge Mary C. Gilbride, of the District Court of Nebraska. Chris the Anarchist was sentenced to one to one and a half years in prison. Chris pleaded guilty to felony charges of transporting 154 pounds of marijuana through Nebraska, one of the 36 States that has not yet legalized medical marijuana. Fourteen States have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
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Chris the Anarchist is a Yippee and medical marijuana civil rights activist who has helped organize the Million Marijuana March, ComFest, various folk music festivals, and Hempfest. He claims to have started the first Critical Mass in Chicago, back in the day. He is an avid cyclist and worked as a bike messenger in Chicago. He has been an active supporter of the Free Press, the Sporeprint Infoshop, Third Hand Bicycle Co-op, and the Ohio Green Party, as well as many other non-profit organizations and community groups around central Ohio.

“For the past 25 years, the U.S. has pursued a drug policy based on prohibition and the application of severe criminal sanctions for the use and sale of illicit substances. Over this 25-year period, the rate at which criminal penalties have been imposed has steadily increased resulting in the United States imprisoning more of its citizens than any other industrialized nation.” Hammond, Lisa M., Drug War Policy and the Prison Industrial Complex.

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