SPOKANE, WA (KREM/CNN) - Marijuana is legal to buy and use in Washington state, but employers can still fire you for using pot.
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.
Mike Boyer showed up almost a full day before you could buy pot from a store in north Spokane.
Almost 20 hours later, he walked through Green Leaf's doors as their first customer. He enjoyed his first smoke, now OK in the state of Washington.
“As of 2:30 today, I am unemployed from that company,” Boyer said on Wednesday.
He found out someone saw him on TV and complained to his employer.
Boyer said his boss at Labor Ready sent him a text message asking him to take a drug test. He said he took the test Wednesday and failed it.
“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.
Now that marijuana is legal in the state, Boyer said he believes businesses should treat employees using weed on a case-by-case basis.
“Just because I smoke a little weed on my time off, I've never had a problem with that at work,” he said. “Why am I here now?”
A day after all the excitement, he may not have a job, but he still has the title as the first person who bought marijuana legally in Spokane.
“I am No. 1, and no one can take that,” Boyer said.
KREM reached out to both of his employers; one said he's still an employee, the other company couldn't be reached for comment.
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