TELLY gardener Jim McColl yesterday warned gardeners not to be duped into thinking deadly dance drug mephedrone was a fertiliser.
The drug - known as meow meow, M-cat or bubbles - is being sold online as plant food, marked "not for human consumption".
But the legal high has been linked to 27 deaths in the UK - seven in Scotland - and the Government this week began moves to make it a Class B banned drug. A ban on imports came in this week.
Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl fears "naive gardeners" had been duped by the claims about mephedrone being a fertiliser.
The BBC Scotland presenter said that while he was unsure if the powder would kill flowers and vegetables, he was adamant it would do nothing to help them grow.
He said: "It is a combination of chemicals but none of them ring with me as a genuine plant food.
"Naive gardeners may have been taken in but not in a million years would this be good for your geraniums or your cabbages.
"It is being sold as plant food and I think some people have taken this literally."
Mephedrone's effects are similar to those of cocaine and ecstasy but users can suffer palpitations and psychosis.
Meanwhile, another expert quit the Government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs yesterday over mephedrone.
Eric Carlin said the decision to criminalise the drug was "unduly based on media and political pressure".
April 3, 2010
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