Washington's First Legal Pot Purchaser Is Fired After a Drug Test—Then Rehired

His employer saw him on television legally buying weed.

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It was recently reported that Washington’s first recreational marijuana-purchaser was sacked from his job due to being seen on the local news purchasing a sack [of marijuana]. Well, what a difference a day can make, indeed, because Mike Boyer, Spokane Green Leaf’s first customer, was hired back by the very employer that fired him for failing a pop pee test.

Boyer’s part-time employer, temporary employment agency TrueBlue Labor Ready, was tipped off by his former employer after he was seen on television legally buying weed, which led to TrueBlue asking Boyer for a sample of his urine for analysis.

Mike’s whiz quiz came back positive for THC and he was terminated.

Well, it looks as if the temp agency admittedly made a mistake, thinking Mike was scheduled for work when he actually had requested the day off so he could score some Sour Kush. So, they agreed to allow him to continue to work for their company.

“We were not aware that he had taken the day off. He was scheduled to work, we saw him on TV that he was under the influence, and that caused us to start a process of screening,” TrueBlue Vice President of Communications Stacey Burke told NBC News. “When we realized that he was not on assignment, we reinstated him. … Pot is legal, and we know that.”

So, there you have it.

Although Boyer’s termination may have been a mistake, he doesn’t have any misgivings regarding the choice he made.

“When I started this adventure and said I wanted to be the first guy [to buy legal weed in Spokane] … I made my choice,” Boyer explained. “I don’t blame anyone, and I don’t regret it, either.”

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