It was supposed to be a quiet moment.
A new type of weed.
A weed that would finally make pot legal in the US.
The day of reckoning, as some in the cannabis community have long hoped.
For the past few weeks, the first batch of marijuana plants in the nation’s capital have been arriving in small packages from overseas.
The first shipment arrived last week from Canada.
“I am very excited about this,” Washington state’s first licensed marijuana producer, Sam Harris, told reporters on Monday.
“The idea is to take a weed that is currently illegal in the state of Washington and put it in a state where people can grow it legally.”
The weed that Harris and others are growing is called Lilliputia and it is not legal in any other state in the country.
The seeds are shipped by plane to California and sent to Harris, who plans to plant his first plant this week.
“This is a very small crop,” Harris told The Verge.
“It’s a very niche crop.”
He said that growers who are looking to grow a commercial crop would be able to do so legally, but that he would be concerned about a “huge” number of people using the weed.
“People are going to be very confused about this weed, and they will be going out and buying it legally,” Harris said.
Harris is a lawyer by training who has been involved in legal cannabis for nearly 30 years.
“It’s not the most exciting thing to me,” he said.
“But I’m hoping that when this is all over and people get over their initial hesitation and get comfortable with it, it will make a big difference.”
The first shipment of weed from overseas, from Canada, arrived on Tuesday.
Harris said he has already heard from people in the United States who are concerned about the weed’s legality.
He added that the plant has a long way to go before it can be legal in states where it is legal.
“This is going to take several years, but we’re getting close,” he told reporters.
The first batch, which includes a strain called “Lilliputra,” is now being shipped to Washington.
It was originally supposed to arrive in November, but a lot of delays have caused that date to slip.
The plant is being grown in a small greenhouse in an apartment building in a Washington suburb called Glen Park.
“Our first shipment was on November 19, which is when we’re going to get our first harvest,” Harris explained.
“That shipment was delayed because we had a lot more things that we were going to need.”
Harris said that the first shipment will not be enough to grow the full crop.
“We’re expecting to grow around two or three million plants by the end of the year,” he added.
“The main thing is to get this into a state that’s ready to allow it to be grown legally,” he explained.
“There is a lot that needs to be done in Washington, but the big question is, ‘How long can we go before people are ready to grow this stuff legally?'”