"First legal pot buyer" fired for pot
WASHINGTON - Marijuana is legal to buy and use in the state of Washington, but as Mike Boyer learned the hard way, employers can still fire you for it. Boyer claims to be among the first in his state to buy weed legally, but says the publicity cost him his job. Boyer showed up almost a full day before you could purchase pot from a store in North Spokane and waited. Once he finally got the goods, a news crews followed him back home with his weed as he enjoyed his first smoke, which is now OK in the state of Washington because of I-502. But Boyer found out someone saw him on TV and complained to his employer. He says his boss at Labor Ready sent him a text message asking him to take a drug test. Boyer says took the test and failed it. Now that marijuana is legal in the state, Boyer believes businesses should treat employees using weed on a case-by-case basis. A day after all the excitement, he may not have a job but he still has the title as the first person who bought marijuana legally in Spokane. "I am number one and no one can take that," said Boyer. Boyer says just because he likes to indulge in legal marijuana on his time off and has never had a problem with it at work, he should not have been fired. Boyer's employer could not be reached for comment.