Security guard: I was fired after bosses saw me on TV buying pot in Washington

Dylan Stableford
Yahoo News
CORRECTS NAME TO BOYER, INSTEAD OF BOYD - Mike Boyer turns to the crowd outside, showing off the 4 grams of marijuana he bought as the first in line to legally purchase marijuana at Spokane Green Leaf, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who lined up outside, thrilled to be part of the historic moment. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)
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CORRECTS NAME TO BOYER, INSTEAD OF BOYD - Mike Boyer turns to the crowd outside, showing off the 4 grams of marijuana he bought as the first in line to legally purchase marijuana at Spokane Green Leaf, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who lined up outside, thrilled to be part of the historic moment. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)

The first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Spokane, Washington, says he is out of a job because of it.

Mike Boyer says he was fired after his bosses saw him on a local newscast on Tuesday. He was featured legally buying weed.

Boyer — who camped outside the Green Leaf dispensary for 19 hours in order to be the first person to legally purchase recreational pot in Spokane — says one of his employers requested he take a drug test within 24 hours.

The 30-year-old, who says he's worked as a security guard "on and off for 12 years," had signed an agreement several years ago agreeing to the drug ban.

According to KREM, Kodiac Security said on Wednesday that Boyer had not been fired and was still employed; Boyer told the affiliate another employer, Labor Ready, had requested the drug test.

 Boyer did not immediately return a request seeking clarification.


"I don’t regret it,” Boyer told the Daily News. “We don’t line up for Black Friday, we line up for ‘Green Tuesday.' People camp out for Star Wars and donuts — this is more important than that."

It was so important, Boyer took the day off work to be there.

“It’s the first day. Who's not gonna run down?” Boyer asked. “People who hadn’t smoked since the ‘70s and ‘80s were coming down just to be there. It was the day of days.”

Boyer bought two grams of the Sour Kush strain for $50. "The price wasn’t optimal,” he told Vocativ.com. “But I was pretty excited.”

The freshly underemployed pot smoker has already posted his resume to Craigslist and is hoping to get a job in the budding marijuana industry.

"I'm staying positive," he said.

"LOST MY JOB!" the title of Boyer's Craiglist post reads. "[S]till #1 tho!!"

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