As the smoke clears after the grand opening of Washington’s first recreational marijuana stores, Spokane’s first customer, Michael Boyer, is on the search for his next job after his employers saw him in local news coverage.
He claims he was fired from his job as a security officer after he made his purchase.
Shortly after being cut loose, Boyer posted his resume on Craigslist, titled “LOST MY JOB! still # 1 tho!!” He says he received a few dozen inquiries about employment since his story hit the news. The job offers range from local marketing and public relations gigs to working in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields.
“I mean, a man can always can get a job,” Boyer said in an interview with Vocativ. “But a man can only be the first person to buy recreational cannabis in Spokane once.”
Boyer says he isn’t upset about his former employer, Kodiak Security Services, following its drug use policies.
The temp agency TrueBlue also reportedly fired Boyer. However, Boyer says TrueBlue has since reviewed his case and determined that because he wasn’t on the clock when he bought the marijuana, there was no reason for termination. He adds he’s been offered his job back, as well as a day’s pay.
But he may not be jumping at that offer since his newly found fame.
Speaking on the phone from Spokane, he said he really wants to work for a recreational marijuana store there as a “budtender.” He said that he used to volunteer at a medical marijuana dispensary and feels that he has great customer service experience and a flair for matching people with the right marijuana to fit their needs.
“I haven’t lost anything,” he said. “I regret nothing.”
For any potential employers out there: Boyer’s resume mostly includes work as a security officer and three years with the Army National Guard, where he worked during Hurricane Katrina. He also has experience “operating 10 ton cranes”, managing “alcohol enforcement” and lists “common sense” as one of his hirable traits.
Boyer waited 19 hours outside of Green Leaf in Spokane to be the pot shop’s first customer.
He didn’t take the title lightly. Boyer is filmed by local television stations yelling, “Go Washington!” after purchasing two grams of Sour Kush for $50. He then left the store, high fiving people in line shouting, “First customer!”
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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