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First pot customer in Spokane fired for marijuana use

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:48 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. >> A man who waited in line overnight to be the first customer at Spokane's first legal marijuana shop says he was fired for his efforts.

But the company says his story doesn't make sense.

Mike Boyer said Wednesday that after significant media coverage of his purchase Tuesday, he received a text message from the Spokane office of temporary staffing firm TrueBlue Labor Ready ordering him to take a drug test within 24 hours. He told The Associated Press he took the test, failed it and was fired.

Stacey Burke, a spokeswoman for Tacoma-based TrueBlue, says company policy prohibits being under the influence on the job. She said there's no reason he would have been fired for having bought 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 that if he was fired outside of protocol, he would be reinstated.

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Jerry_D wrote:
Yes, he should be reinstated. Marijuana is just as legal as alcohol in the state of Washington so, just like with alcohol, unless he was actually under the influence of weed while on the job, he did nothing wrong. Looking at a possible wrongful termination if he doesn't get reinstated (and, yes, I understand what "employment at will" is).
on July 10,2014 | 07:34AM
AhiPoke wrote:
While he may be reinstated it may only a matter of time before he is terminated. The state set a legal limit of 5ng of THC in his blood. For a guy who was willing to wait overnight to be the first buyer, I think it's unlikely that he'll be able to pass a drug test. I'm okay with the legalization of marijuana but I think this guy shows a lack of intelligence for wanting to be in the spotlight.
on July 10,2014 | 07:54AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Yeah...that didn't seem like a smart thing. But, according to Michael W. Perry on his show this morning, when the dude was interviewed by media and asked if he had any regrets, he stated that it was worth getting fired in order to be the first person to legally buy marijuana.
on July 10,2014 | 08:30AM
AhiPoke wrote:
As I stated, I'm okay with legalizing marijuana. On the other hand, I would not employ a person who thinks like he does.
on July 10,2014 | 10:16AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Give me a break.
on July 10,2014 | 12:29PM
kainalu wrote:
Having pot in your system and being under the influence of pot are two entirely different things. This is the challenge when it comes to pot - determining whether they are actually under the influence or not. Red eyes is a start. Munchies could be a clue. Uncontrollable laughing is a dead give away.
on July 10,2014 | 07:58AM
Jerry_D wrote:
"Uncontrollable laughing is a dead give away"? Really? That's a very presumptuous statement to make. None of my friends get "the giggles" when they medicate. That's just as bad as saying being loud and obnoxious is a dead give away for someone who is drunk on the job.
on July 10,2014 | 08:28AM
scooters wrote:
Hey dude...pass the joint.....he, he, he...giggle, giggle..
on July 10,2014 | 10:19AM
Bdpapa wrote:
You nailed it. Intoxication level is hard to test.
on July 10,2014 | 12:03PM
2NDC wrote:
You forgot to mention the part about getting the "munchies".
on July 11,2014 | 10:11AM
Tarball wrote:
Wouldn't want my airline pilot under the influence . . . . so what if it's legal?
on July 10,2014 | 09:09AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
you wouldn't want him drunk either, same difference.
on July 10,2014 | 11:17PM
loquaciousone wrote:
This is like calling in sick to go to the superbowl and appearing on the fan cam during the game.
on July 10,2014 | 09:15AM
cojef wrote:
You mean like the OCCC guards. They are too smart for that, they are veterans at that game. Never happen!
on July 10,2014 | 02:15PM
dustplus123 wrote:
Halawa too :-/ Not to mention HPD.
on July 11,2014 | 04:46AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
I don't understand how a private firm could be wrong to test an employee for drug use when he is in fact shown in media coverage purchasing pot. This doe doe knows the rules and if he's crying foul, shame on him.
on July 10,2014 | 10:10AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I guess they never thought about this. Not very smart.
on July 10,2014 | 10:43AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Should they also test, then fire any employee seen purchasing alcohol at the grocery store? No? Why not, same thing.
on July 10,2014 | 11:20PM
scooters wrote:
Fired the bum. What doesn't he understand about company policy..don't use drugs..stupid is as stupid does...
on July 10,2014 | 10:17AM
WKAMA wrote:
Will be tough getting another job...
on July 10,2014 | 10:29AM
gobows wrote:
munchies anyone?
on July 10,2014 | 11:25AM
f8ldzz wrote:
It looks like Star Advertiser edited some important parts of the story... From KHON: "Just ask the man who claims to be among the first in the state to buy weed legally. He says the publicity cost him his job. “Somebody come down and be number two,” Mike Boyer said. Boyer showed up almost a full day before you could buy pot from this store in north Spokane. Almost 20 hours later he walked through the Spokane Green Leaf’s doors as their first customer. KREM followed him back home with his weed as he enjoyed his first smoke. Now legal in the State of Washington because of I-502." So, the news crew got this guy smoking pot shortly after the purchase. Case closed.
on July 10,2014 | 01:19PM
dustplus123 wrote:
So? He was at home, which is perfectly legal, on camera or not.
on July 11,2014 | 04:48AM
krusha wrote:
That marijuana shop should hire that guy to work in the store for being the first marijuana martyr. :)
on July 10,2014 | 01:27PM
samidunn wrote:
What's wrong with a stoned security guard?
on July 10,2014 | 01:50PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Do you fire people who buy wine too?
on July 10,2014 | 05:04PM
Bdpapa wrote:
No, only the ones intoxicated at work.
on July 10,2014 | 05:21PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I didn't read any claims of him intoxicated at work, just buying weed on his own time and going home to smoke.
on July 10,2014 | 11:22PM
dustplus123 wrote:
on July 11,2014 | 04:49AM
samidunn wrote:
Apples & Oranges
on July 11,2014 | 09:29AM
cojef wrote:
Guess he has to find an employer with more tolerant/liberal work rules. If employee did use the pakalolo while at work, probably the employee did not appreciate the notoriety. Sad where there is a misunderstanding of individual rights as opposed on employer on site work rules.
on July 11,2014 | 06:01AM
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