Let’s talk weed


When I sat down with Dez Loreen to discuss his upcoming stoner-comedy film, I was a little surprised at how open he was to sharing his cannabis use with me on record.

It was obvious to see the impact that smoking weed has had on Loreen and his life. Contrary to popular belief, cannabis hasn’t turned him into a couch potato. In fact, it’s done the total opposite. It’s propelled him to follow the beat of his own drum.

Here’s someone who worked as the editor of the Inuvik Drum at 22 years old, despite the fact that he didn’t receive any formal education in reporting or journalism. He’s directed and produced multiple award-winning short films for the Dead North film festival.

He’s a family guy who makes a living managing the Inuvialuit Communications Society. He’s a comedian, a voice actor and he also runs his own podcast.

He’s a town councillor and the assistant deputy mayor. He’s also been an avid pot smoker for more than 20 years.

“I love smoking weed, I love getting high. That’s why making the movie is a big thing for me.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

That’s a direct quote from Loreen. I have to admit – I was a little shocked at how transparent he was when he spoke about his relationship with weed. I was worried about the repercussions that sharing this information would have on his career, but it was clear to see that Loreen didn’t care at all.

For Loreen, weed has made him who he is. He takes pride in his love for weed because it’s helped him get to where he is today.

Weed isn’t for everyone, and I’m not saying that you should go and smoke a joint to try to find success. What I’m trying to say is that not everyone who regularly smokes pot is a degenerate, and Loreen is a great example of that.

Recreational cannabis use has been legal in Canada for around seven months now. Yet, a stigma still exists when it comes to indulging in marijuana. For many, a drug is a drug and they are all given equal treatment.

It’s fair to have that point of view, but I don’t think that smoking cannabis is as bad as people make it out to be. Plenty of individuals smoke weed as a means of exercising self care. Others use it for the extra creative boost that it has to offer.

There are tons of successful people out there who are closet weed smokers, but there are also a lot of individuals who aren’t so well off who do smoke weed. Weed is only a catalyst, and it’s only fair that some judgement should be given towards the person who’s smoking it.


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