Washington man fired for being first legal marijuana customer

Fired security guard: "I regret nothing."

By Matt Bradwell

SPOKANE, Wash., July 10 (UPI) -- Mike Boyer forever has the title of being the first person in Spokane to legally purchase marijuana, but that distinction cost him his job.

Boyer camped out in front of Spokane's Green Leaf dispensary 19 hours before doors opened Tuesday and quickly garnered the attention of local media who came out to cover the end of Washington's marijuana prohibition.


"We don't line up for Black Friday, we line up for 'Green Tuesday,'" the quotable 30-year-old told eager reporters.

"People camp out for Star Wars and donuts ... this is more important than that."

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But shortly after news segments began to air around the state, Boyer got a text message from his boss at a local security firm demanding a drug test. Predictably, Boyer tested positive for THC.

"I've worked for them on and off for 12 years and several years ago, I signed a document that said I wouldn't have [THC] in my system," Boyer said.

"I don't smoke at work! It's the first day, who's not gonna run down? People who hadn't smoked since the 70s and 80s were coming down just to be there. It was the day of days."

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But Boyer is keeping a positive attitude about the ordeal, posting his resume on Craigslist and saying he has no regrets.

"I'm sad it happened but I got the title: I'm No. 1. I regret nothing."

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