Update: According to the Associated Press, one of Boyer’s employer’s TrueBlue, said that no company protocol would have led to them ordering a drug test or firing him. Spokeswoman Stacey Burke said that if he was fired, he would be reinstated.
Mike Boyer, the first man to buy recreational pot legally in Spokane, Washington claims that he lost his job because of the media attention he got for being the first man in line.
In response to being broadcast on TV stations and photographed in newspapers for being the first person to buy marijuana for recreational use legally, Boyer said that employers for two of his three part-time jobs say he has to take a drug test now. Boyer (pictured) said he will fail those drug tests.
“I was really unaware that this might be a big deal,” Boyer told the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Boyer also said that he could lose one of his part-time jobs too.
After waiting hours outside of Spokane Green Leaf Boyer was the first person in the city to buy pot legally for recreational use. He came out of the store and shouted “Go Washington” with a crowd cheering in response.
On Craiglist, Boyer posted his resume and said he had been fired by Kodiak Security and was now “jobless.”
But, according to the Spokesman-Review, a Kodiak official on Wednesday afternoon said Boyer still had a job at the company. Kym Ramey, the human resources manager for Kodiak, said that Boyer is still employed there and had worked there for a few weeks.
“We’re a security firm,” Ramey said. “Our employees can’t be under the influence on the job.”
In an interview with Vocativs, Boyer said he did not have any regrets.
“I’m still the captain! I’m still number one,” Boyer told Vocativ. “I mean, a man can always get a job. But a man can only be the first person to buy recreational cannabis in Spokane once.”
Watch the initial report of Boyer buying pot: