One of the first people to buy legal weed in WA loses his job for drug use

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One of the First People To Buy Legal Weed in WA Loses His Job For Drug Use

SPOKANE, WA-- Mike Boyer was pretty excited when marijuana became legal in Washington state, showing up nearly a day before a dispensary opened up in Spokane.

He became one of the first people in the state to buy pot legally. Of course, his first legal smoke was captured by news cameras. And guess who watched the exciting moment?

... His employer. And apparently they weren't down with Washington's new law. Boyer says his boss almost immediately asked him to take a drug test and, no surprise, he failed.

First Legal Spokane Weed Buyer Loses Job In Puff Of Smoke


Even when a state legalizes marijuana, employers can still give an employee the boot for lighting up. Boyer believes this conflict will become common.

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

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Clerk Havilah Nokes arranges packets of marijuana for sale at Cannabis City on the first day of legal recreational pot sales Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Cale Holdsworth, of Abeline, Kan., holds up his purchase after being the first in line to buy legal recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Holdsworth had been in line since 4:00 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Clerk Havilah Nokes arranges packets of marijuana for sale as a customer peers in at the display at Cannabis City on the first day of legal recreational pot sales Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Julian Rodriguez, right, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales. At left is Tom Beckley, the owner of the store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Bob Leeds, owner of Sea of Green Farms, pours packets of recreational marijuana into boxes, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, for delivery to a store in Bellingham, Wash. It was the first delivery for the company since retail licenses were issued by the state on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Rules for acceptable identification for customers buying legal recreational marijuana are posted by a cash register at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. on the first day of legal pot sales. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop turns around to mug for a photo after putting up lines of police tape on the front of his shop to cut later for the opening on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A customer, who declined to give his name, sniffs a strain of recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., during the first half-hour of legal sales in the states. Customers cannot be given samples, but are allowed to use "sniff jars" to help make their purchasing decisions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop puts up lines of police tape on the front of his shop to cut later for the opening on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Lathrop is planning on opening for sales at noon. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop puts up lines of "police" tape on the front of his shop to cut later for the opening on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal in the state, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop, right, playfully wraps up first-in-line customer Deb Greene in "police" tape as Jeremy Cooper looks on before the opening on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note, as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Julian Rodriguez, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The price of two grams of a strain of marijuana named "Sweet Lafayette," is displayed at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales of recreational marijuana in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A man waiting in line to buy recreational marijuana displays his pot-leaf tattoo oustside of Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop, right, reaches to embrace Easton Richmond, left, and Wendy Cook after they helped him put up lines of "police" tape on the front of his shop to cut later for the opening on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
First-in-line customer Deb Greene waits at Cannabis City for the opening on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Customers look at a glass case containing pipes and information on recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
John Evich, right, an investor in the Top Shelf Cannabis store, talks to customers waiting in line outside the store, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Kevin Nelson, of Bellingham, Wash., holds a sign that reads "Drug War Ends Here," outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. on the first day of legal pot sales in the state. Nelson says he is a long-time activist opposing drug laws, particularly those targeting marijuana users, and he he feels the legalization of marijuana will lead to less crowded jails and be less of a burden on the court system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cale Holdsworth, of Abeline, Kan., holds up his purchase after being the first in line to buy legal recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Holdsworth had been in line since 4:00 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Customers on the left and sales clerks on the right pass "sniff jars" back and forth on a glass countertop as they discuss different strains of recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sam Pyle, left, inspects a "sniff jar" containing a sample of recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jeremy Hunter, right, an employee at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Wash., talks about different strains of marijuana as he works behind a case displaying glass pipes, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Melissa McKelvey, left, urges driver Terry Martin, blocking traffic, to move along from in front of Cannabis City, on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal in the state Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. The shop is the first and, initially, only store in Seattle to legally sell pot. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A customer pays for his recreational marijuana purchase at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Brian Travino, a student at Western Washington University wears a Washington state flag, as he waits with other customers to purchase recreational marijuana at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., in the first half-hour of legal sales in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cannabis City owner James Lathrop, right, talks with Deb Greene, who is first in line at the store on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal in the state Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. At left is security guard Dan Weber. The shop is the first and, initially, only store in Seattle to legally sell pot. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Terry Martin displays a tee shirt he's selling celebrating legal marijuana in front of Cannabis City, as he waits with others on the first day that sales of recreational pot is legal in the state Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle. The symbols translate that under one ounce of pot and over 21-years of age means that it's legal. The shop is the first and, initially, only store in Seattle to legally sell pot. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Cale Holdsworth, of Abeline, Kan., pays for his purchase of recreational marijuana from sales clerk Ariane Brust, right, after being the first in line at Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Holdsworth had been in line since 4:00 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Phil Tobias, director of Sea of Green Farms, front, drives a delivery van in Seattle with farm owner Bob Leeds, as they set out on their first delivery of recreational marijuana to a store in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. It was the first delivery for the company since retail licenses were issued by the state on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Phil Tobias, director of Sea of Green Farms, carries boxes of recreational marijuana to a van, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, for delivery to a store in Bellingham, Wash. It was the first delivery for the company since retail licenses were issued by the state on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
CORRECTS NAME TO GREENE Cannabis City owner James Lathrop, right, walks past first-in-line customer Deb Greene at the recreational marijuana store Monday, July 7, 2014, in Seattle. The store will be the first and, initially, only store in Seattle to legally sell recreational pot when sales begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Bob Leeds, owner of Sea of Green Farms, right, has a laugh with farm director Phil Tobias, as they load packets of recreational marijuana into boxes, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, for delivery to a store in Bellingham, Wash. It was the first delivery for the company since retail licenses were issued by the state on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A sign noting the Washington state law that prohibits opening packages that contain marijuana or marijuana-infused products in public rests on a glass case displaying bongs for sale, Monday, July 7, 2014, at the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City in Seattle. The store will be the first and only store in Seattle to initially sell recreational marijuana when legal sales begin on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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