Police have begun a high-steaks competition, asking social media users to caption a photo of cows munching on a slightly different type of grass.

Waikato Police posted the photo of two cows sniffing cannabis plants on Facebook, dubbing the meal "high tea".

"It's that time of year again when we are wrapping up our annual cannabis operation. While many of you think it's god's greatest gift to us, it is still illegal which means we still Police it," the post said.

"Rather than hitting you with stats and "don't do drugs" comments, we thought we'd take a lighter approach and run a competition. Caption the photo below. The comment with the most likes is clearly the winner. I'll have a chat to the boss about a prize.

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"Disclaimer: Yes, we know cannabis can be toxic to animals and it was taken off the cows well before they could enjoy their high tea."

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Waikato District Police
about a month ago

It's that time of year again when we are wrapping up our annual National cannabis operation. While many of you think it's god's greatest gift to us, it is still illegal which means we still Police it.

Rather than hitting you with stats and "don't do drugs" comments, we thought we'd take a lighter approach and run a competition. Caption the photo below. The comment with the most likes is clearly the winner. I'll have a chat to the boss about a prize 👍🏼

Disclaimer: yes, we kno...w cannabis 'can be' toxic to animals and it was taken off the cows well before they could enjoy their high tea.

**"* updated Tuesday**
The steaks have never been higher" was a good one; only about 100 people wrote it though so it was impossible to choose but the winner chosen was David with:
"They were willing to risk it, but the steaks were high".

There was also some good information provided from people who are clearly passionate, educated and well read on the benefits of cannabis. It made for better reading than the many abusive and threatening rants from others who blame Police for all of society's ills. There are around 9000 Police employees all told; so there would be many perspectives on the issue of cannabis, decriminalization and medical use. The decision around law changes are made at a parliamentary level. There is little to gain in criticizing Police for upholding the law. That is what we are there to do. HRV1

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The photo has attracted almost 1000 comments with one person captioning it "The secret ingredient behind New Zealand's booming dairy industry."

"Weeding out the crimoonals," one person quipped, while another has named the pair "Tony Mootana and Pablo Heffcobar" after fictional Scarface character Tony Montana and drug lord Pablo Escobar.