As the first Spokane man to legally purchase recreational pot, Mike Boyer had his day in the sun Tuesday. He was happy, with media coverage capturing him holding his newly acquired four grams of pot high in the air and high-fiving those gathered outside of Spokane Green Leaf.
Now he says it’s probably going to cost him.
As the Spokesman Review reported Wednesday, Boyer - who apparently holds down multiple part-time jobs, including one as a security guard -says “two of his three part-time employers have ... ordered him to report for drug tests that he’s certain he’ll fail,” since his historic first buy.
So goes the price of pot fame?
As the Spokesman Review reports:
[Boyer] posted his resume on the Internet bulletin board Craigslist on Wednesday, saying that Kodiak Security had fired him and that he was now “jobless,” though a Kodiak official said Wednesday afternoon that he still had a job there. Boyer speculated the company was waiting to see if he showed up for the drug test before making it official.
“I was really unaware that this might be a big deal,” he said Wednesday, adding that another one of his part-time jobs was in jeopardy as well.
Really? No idea this might be a big deal?
“I regret nothing,” Boyer goes on to tell the paper.
Well that’s good.
For the record, according to the Spokesman-Review:
... employers are allowed to continue testing their workers pursuant to their internal employment policies, according to the Washington Liquor Control Board, which is handling the implementation of marijuana rules. This includes screening applicants for jobs.
Kym Ramey, human resources manager for Kodiak, said that Boyer, who has worked there for several weeks, is still employed by the firm. She also said employees are tested per company policy.
“We’re a security firm,” Ramey said. “Our employees can’t be under the influence on the job.”
Maybe he can make potato salad?