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July 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

City Attorney Pete Holmes apologizes for taking pot to work

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes leaving Cannabis City with his purchase. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

City Attorney Pete Holmes has apologized for bringing marijuana to his “drug-free workplace,” the city of Seattle.

“When I brought the unopened marijuana to city offices — trying to keep up with a busy schedule — I nonetheless violated the city’s rules,” Holmes said in a news release this afternoon. “I apologize to my employees, all city employees and to the public.”

In the news release, Holmes said he “volunteered to donate $3,000 to the Downtown Emergency Service Center” as penance.

Holmes purchased marijuana at Cannabis City Tuesday, the first day pot could be sold at legal retail stores.

“Today marijuana sales became legal,” he told the eager crowd of future pot purchasers and media Tuesday. “I’m here to personally exercise that new freedom.”

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July 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Was Mike Boyer really fired for buying weed in Spokane?

Mark Boyer becoming the first man in Spokane to purchase pot from a retail shop. (Photo by Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review / Associated Press)

Mike Boyer becoming the first man in Spokane to purchase pot from a retail shop. (Photo by Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review / Associated Press)

Michael Boyer earned marijuana martyr status this week after telling reporters that being the first person to buy weed from a retailer in Spokane cost him two part-time jobs. His story has since gone viral, with write-ups in USA Today, High Times, Gawker, Buzzfeed and many more.

But was he actually fired for buying grass on his day off?

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July 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Bellingham pot store manager: ‘Who feels like a drug dealer now? I don’t’

Cale Holdsworth of Kansas celebrates buying the first bag of pot at Top Shelf in Bellingham.  Photo by Times staff photographer Mark Harrison

Cale Holdsworth was the most popular man in Bellingham this morning. The 29-year-old from Kansas, who’s in Washington visiting family, showed up to Top Shelf Cannabis about 4 a.m. with his girlfriend, Sarah Gorton, making them the first in line to buy pot legally in a retail shop. “I’m excited,” said Holdsworth about 6:30 a.m., sitting outside of Top…

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