Stickers have appeared around Darlington advertising cannabis products for sale - and the police have launched an investigation to find the culprits. 

Concerned residents have been in touch after spotting the stickers on Coniscliffe Road, Grange Road, and Blackwellgate. The stickers are emblazoned with a gold cannabis leaf and the message 'get your delivery' above a QR code.

When scanned, the QR codes take you to a webpage. Once the user has confirmed they are over 18 by clicking a button, they are taken to a shop page selling edibles and vapes containing THC, one of the active compounds in cannabis, as well as tubs of cannabis itself. 

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Now, Durham Constabulary and Darlington Borough Council have confirmed that they are looking into the appearance of the stickers. 

The website claims: "In November 2018, the UK government approved the use of cannabis-based products for medical purposes.

"This allows individuals with specific medical conditions to potentially access THC-containing products, but strictly through the guidance of a healthcare professional and by obtaining a prescription.

"Our discreet packaging ensures the contents of your parcel remain confidential, ensuring safe and discreet delivery."

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But despite this, a prescription does not appear to be necessary to purchase any products. Customers are also encouraged to pay through cryptocurrency or bank transfer, which is less traceable than paying through the website. 

When probed on the legality of their wares, the site's chatbot says that "smoking marijuana in public or prohibited locations is illegal and can lead to legal consequences such as fines and imprisonment". 

It adds: "Research and comply with marijuana laws in your region to make informed decisions. Please remember that it is your own responsibility."

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A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “We have received several reports relating to these stickers and the associated website.

“An investigation is ongoing to identify those involved.”

A Darlington Borough Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the issue and are looking into it.”