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Updated: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:29:23 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Mike Boyer the first to legally buy marijuana in Washington state



CORRECTS NAME TO BOYER, INSTEAD OF BOYD - Mike Boyer turns to the crowd outside, showing off the 4 grams of marijuana he bought as the first in line to legally purchase marijuana at Spokane Green Leaf, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who lined up outside, thrilled to be part of the historic moment. (© AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)

CORRECTS NAME TO BOYER, INSTEAD OF BOYD - Mike Boyer turns to the crowd outside, showing off the 4 grams of marijuana he bought as the first in line to legally purchase marijuana at Spokane Green Leaf, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who lined up outside, thrilled to be part of the historic moment. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle) Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review/AP

Buying pot is normally a subtle affair, but not for Mike Boyer, who camped out to become the first person to legally purchase marijuana in Washington state.

Inside Spokane Green Leaf, Washington’s first legal recreational marijuana store, Boyer proudly held two bags of weed and what appears to be a pipe over his head in celebration, while a local television filmed the entire sequence.

“This day and age, major history events like this don’t really happen too often, so I had an opportunity to be part of it so I jumped on it — seize the day,” Boyer told CBC Radio’s As It Happens.

But then, buzzkill.

One of Boyer’s clients saw him on TV, and the security company he worked for fired him. To find out what happened next — don’t worry, it’s a happy ending — check out the full As It Happens interview, on the left.

Oh, and how’s the weed in Washington state? “It’s the evergreen state, and we’re not talking about the pine trees,” Boyer said.

“We’ve got pretty good product up here.”

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