Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 22:07:32 -0400 To: From: Chris Clay

Hi Debby, I am very sorry that you lost your case. I know how much planning you had put into presenting a educational, convencing argument. Not much of a setback, actually. Although the judge felt (mistakenly) that he didn't have authority to act, he wrote an excellent review of the evidence and in the end agreed with our witnesses. His comments (i.e. "marijuana is relatively harmless, not addictive" etc.) will greatly help us during the appeal. The attached forward, an inquiry from a friend describes where I presently sit legally. Very shocking; I hadn't heard about the "robes & masks" before! I hope it all works out for you, you are very brave. Please let me know if I can do anything else to help. Just spread the word to people when appropriate... We need to raise about $10,000 CDN (about $7500 US) for the appeal. Donations have begun pouring in again, so I'm optimistic that funds can be found :) Take care, Chris _____________________________________________ Hemp Nation * Chris Clay * E352.htm - London Free Press Contact: Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 LFP London & Region Another researcher defends cannabis as cash crop The former agronomist with an agricultural college says hemp can be used in paper production, clothing, plastic materials, concrete materials and for many other uses. By Eric Bender Free Press Reporter A second scientist has said at the trial of hemp store operator Chris Clay that he has "enthusiasm" for the cultivation of industrial cannabis. Gordon Scheifele, a former agronomist with the Ridgetown Agricultural College who grew licensed plots of cannabis plants for two years, told Ontario court Justice John McCart Wednesday he sees great potential for commercial hemp as an alternative cash crop in Southwestern Ontario. Scheifele has left employment with the provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Food at the college because of downsizing in the research area and is in the process of moving to Thunder Bay. He'll be working for the University of Guelph, doing much of the same work including cannabis research for development in the northwestern region. Although the bulk of his career work has been corn research, he said, the ministry has been interested in exploring alternative crops. Scheifele said that among the alternatives, low toxicity cannabis or hemp plants have the greatest variety of uses. He listed fibre for paper production, clothing, plastic materials, concrete materials, fibreboard, and oils and seeds for the food industry. FIBREGLASS: -mail