Twenty-one year old, David S. Theiss of Kansas City was just released on bond yesterday after being arrested by the Clay County Sheriff’s office for possessing the dried toad venom of the Colorado River Toad, or Bufo Alvarius.
According to mainstream news media, he was licking the toad to get high. They also claimed that he was arrested with only the intent to use it as a hallucinogen. Both of these pieces of information are incorrect.
First of all, no one would lick the toad to get high. The most common method of ingestion is smoking the dried gland secretions. Also, how could the authorities ever really prove intent?
The Real Story
David S. Theiss has four felony charges. The first three charges are possession of a controlled substance and the last charge is unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. All of the charges were brought up against him by grand jury indictment. This means the investigation must have been going on for some time before his arrest.
According to representatives of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, David S. Theiss had been extracting the toad venom from his toad, drying it out, and smoking it. They did not catch him distributing the toad venom, although he was in possession of it. The venom contains the inactive constituent Bufotenine which is an illegal Schedule I substance. The venom also contains the active constituent 5-MeO-DMT which is currently legal and unscheduled.
Theiss was also caught in possession of tree bark that contains DMT, most likely Mimosa Hostilis. They did not charge him with possession of the tree bark because he had not extracted the DMT from it. Although they did send it to their lab for further chemical analysis. Possession of both the toads and the tree bark are legal; they are only illegal when you extract the illegal substances from them.
Article by Krystle Cole on 11-19-07