Spokane’s First Weed Buyer Sees Job Go Up in Smoke
His employers weren't happy that Mike Boyer spent 19 hours in line to be the Washington town's first to buy legal weed, so they fired him
UPDATE: Boyer got his job back, because he was toking on his own time and that’s not a problem.
He was the first person to buy legal retail weed in Spokane, Washington. And he had to start looking for a new job because of it.
But Mike Boyer has no regrets.
“I’m still the captain! I’m still number one!” he tells Vocativ. “I mean, a man can always can get a job. But a man can only be the first person to buy recreational cannabis in Spokane once.”
To seize his moment in history, Boyer spent 19 hours camped outside the city’s sole retail pot shop to be the first in line when it opened its doors to customers on Tuesday. His coveted spot, along with Boyer’s “irie” disposition, earned the 30-year-old lots of local media coverage. But the publicity and short-lived fame quickly backfired. Minutes after he returned home—with 2 grams of Sour Kush in hand—he learned that he had been sacked from his guard job with Kodiak Security Services.
“Yeah, it was kind of a buzzkill,” he says. “But I wasn’t going to let it ruin an awesome day.”
For the self-described “sativa hunter,” the good times had started around 7 p.m. on Monday night. Boyer got off work, showered and bolted over to the Green Leaf on North Country Homes Boulevard, one of 25 retail pot shops to receive licenses in Washington state this week. He was first to arrive and came prepared for the long haul ahead of him.
“I brought my surplus army sleeping bag and bedroll. I brought my Doritos and Mountain Dew. I was stylin’!” Boyer says. To dress for the festive mood, he also sported his favorite Liquid Blue tie-dye T-shirt. “I’ve been rockin’ it for about 12 years now,” he says.
Boyer spent several hours alone outside the shop before other marijuana enthusiasts—along with local news crews—started to show up. Ambivalent at first about the media circus, Boyer says he eventually gave in to the moment. “I decided to play ball with the journalists and just went with it,” he says.
He and others bantered throughout the evening. They joked and made up chants. They reveled in the posi vibes. When the Green Leaf opened its doors at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Boyer scooped up his Kush and raised his arms in victory, despite shelling out $50 for 2 grams. “The price wasn’t optimal,” he says. “But I was pretty excited.”
To celebrate, he invited a few of the newfound friends back to his place to toke up. But no sooner had Boyer packed a bowl than he received the phone call that nearly harshed his mellow. It was his work, which told him that one of their clients had seen Boyer on the news and snitched on him. He would likely lose his job.
Luckily, after learning the bad news, someone was there to hand Boyer some pot. “The product was very clean,” he says. “Nobody coughed and it finished off in a nice pure white ash.” Having not slept the night before, Boyer then crashed for the next 10 hours.
By Wednesday, he was already back in the saddle and looking to seize the day. Boyer even published an epic résumé on Craigslist by noon. He titled the post, “LOST MY JOB! still #1 tho!!”
“I lost my job due to the news coverage of me being the FIRST PERSON TO BUY MARIJUANA LEGALLY IN SPOKANE!” Boyer wrote. “I regret nothing. But now im [sic] jobless and have decided to post my resume here. Thanks for reviewing it.”
Losing his security job might just give Boyer a new lease on life, he says. Or at least launch a new career. He says he hopes that his superlative customer service skills can land him a gig at a marijuana dispensary.
“That’s everybody’s dream, right?”
UPDATE: Thanks to the nationwide media outcry, the TrueBlue staffing agency are giving Boyer his job back. Turns out legally smoking weed on your day off is A-OK. Party on, Mike.