(CBS Seattle) — The announcement by the Seattle Police Department stating officers would be handing out bags of Doritos at this year’s Hempfest has received international attention. Many pro-marijuana activists are applauding the department for a progressive take on marijuana regulation.

However, a new report from KIRO 7 indicates many officers in the department — some of whom will be the distributors this weekend — say they are “embarrassed” and “outraged” at the assignment.

One officer, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KIRO 7’s Amy Clancy, “we sink lower each day.”

The official title of the plan is called “Operation Orange Fingers” — officers are to hand out 1,000 packages of Doritos during Hempfest — which is the world’s largest pro-marijuana rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to attended between Friday and Sunday.

Sergeant Sean Whitcomb refuted claims the plan was stupid telling Clancy, “it’s meant to be funny” and that the ultimate goal of the operation is “community outreach and public education.”

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