In planning the "Great Harvard Drug Debate" taking place this weekend, the following interesting and revealing responses from individuals who chose not to participate in the conference were received:
U.S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
Washington, DC 20537
Office of the Administrator
Dear Mr. Weddle:
This is in response to your invitation for me to speak at the Harvard Law School Drug Conference on May 21, 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, my participation as well as other DEA participation is not possible due to previously scheduled commitments.
Please extend to your associates my thanks for your invitation.
Thomas A. Constantine
What an amazing coincidence, that every DEA employee happens to have a previous commitment on that date!
Fiscalia General De La Nacion
Despacho del Fiscal General
Bogota, mayo 2, 1994
Many thanks for your kind invitation for the keynote speech at your conference, which I consider a high honor for me.
I was ready to accept your invitation but recent actions of the Department of Justice as well as of Senator Kerry accusing me of false attitudes and actions together with the fear of the Colombian Government of retaliations against Colombia, by the U.S. Government, because of my opinions about legalization of prohibited drugs alongside with the dealing of consumption through educational campaigns, to dissuade occasional users of its consumption, and to treat the case of habitual consumers as a public health problem, has convinced me that I could cause serious problems to my Country; so deeply regretting it, I have decided not to accept it.
It is regrettable that the Government of a Country where civil liberties were literally born assumes the attitudes it has taken concerning myself.
Again many thanks for your kindness in thinking that my ideas merits to be considered and discussed.
Very Truly Yours,
GUSTAVO DE GREIFF R.
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