First Spokane Pot Buyer Fired From Job

By Paige Browning

Mike Boyer (right) camped overnight in front of Spokane's first pot store so that he could be the first in line. Photo by Paige Browning.
Mike Boyer (right) camped overnight in front of Spokane's first pot store so that he could be the first in line. Photo by Paige Browning.

A man who waited in line overnight to be the first customer at Spokane's first legal marijuana shop says he has since been fired from his job. But, the company says that’s not entirely true.

Wednesday, Mike Boyer said after significant media coverage of his pot purchase Tuesday, he received a text message from the Spokane office of the temporary staffing firm TrueBlue Labor Ready. They requested he take a drug test within 24 hours, and Boyer says he failed it and was fired.

Stacey Burke, a company spokesperson, says their policy prohibits being under the influence on the job. She said there's no reason he would have been fired for buying the pot, nor would the purchase have given the company reason to order him to take a drug test. She says the company is looking into Boyer's claims, and if he was fired outside of protocol, he would be reinstated.

Spokane Public Radio was among the stations that reported about him camping outside the pot store.
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