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Washington man says he briefly lost job over pot shop publicity

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jul 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-10 20:30:27-04

Sales of recreational marijuana began in Washington this week.

Although marijuana is legal to buy and use in Washington State, employers can still fire you for using pot.

The man who claims to be among the first in Spokane, Washington to buy pot said the publicity cost him his job.

Mike Boyer showed up almost a full day before anyone could buy pot from a store in north Spokane. Almost 20 hours later he walked through the Spokane Green Leaf's doors as their first customer.

A news station followed him back home as he enjoyed his first smoke; which is legal in the state of Washington.

"As of 2:30 today, I am unemployed from that company," Boyer said Tuesday.

He said he found out that someone saw him on television and complained to his employer, TrueBlue.

He says his boss sent him a text message asking him to take a drug test. Boyer said he took the test today and failed it.

"It's something we're going to need to figure out with this whole legalization, where's going to be the grey line?" Boyer said.

Now that marijuana is legal in the state, he believes businesses should treat employees using weed on a case-by-case basis.

"Just because I smoke a little weed on my time off, I've never had a problem with that at work, why am I here now?" he said.

And that must be what his employers wound up deliberating. Newsweek reports that his employer changed their minds and reached out to him and offered his job back.

Boyer told Newsweek that his job was offered back because policy is that you cannot be under the influence at work, which he wasn't.

They even gave him the day's worth of pay that he missed.