Talking The 'Bis | Friday Night Featured Screening and Q&A


Talking the 'bis, launching on 4/20, is a series of panel conversations about hot topics in the Cannabis space hosted by Canada's Godfather of Weed Chuck Rifici.  


Talking the bis

With marijuana on the cusp of becoming legal, it’s one of the hottest topics for Canadians. Talking the ‘bis pairs cheese, charcuterie and cannabis with enlightening conversation in this ground breaking series. Our host, Canada’s ‘King of Pot’ Chuck Rifici, removes any stuffy politically correctness from the subject. He invites real people over for real talk about cannabis.  From the legal implications to the social impact to health benefits and concerns, important and controversial topics are tackled head on. Diverse perspectives from our guest panel of politicians, health professionals, business people and other opinionated cannabis advocates bring colour and commentary to this monumental change for Canada. 

*24x 10mins episodes

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Valerie Connelly, TV producer and Development Executive

Valerie is a veteran TV producer and development executive who has worked on content for major broadcaster in Canada. She had the privilege of being part of the creative teams behind hit shows such as HGTV’s “Colin & Justin’s Home Heist”, Slice’s “Wedding SOS” and City TV’s “The Liquidator.”

Valerie has held positions with industry leaders such as Cineflix, Cream Productions and was Head of Development for Marble Media before moving to Vancouver. She is a regular at markets such as MIP, Realscreen and Banff, and has pitched content to broadcasters from around the world. For the past 5 years, Valerie has been a guest lecturer at Queens University for their Business in Media course. Her latest venture sees her launching a digital platform offering cannabis inspired content. Valerie endeavours to provide Canadians with a welcoming digital space to learn about cannabis through entertaining original content.




Jamie Shaw,  Partner at Groundworks,

Jamie Shaw is currently a Partner at Groundworks, a Director for the BC Independent Cannabis Association, and an advisor to NICHE Canada. She is formerly Government Relations Director of MMJ Canada, a former director of the BC Compassion Club Society, and former President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. She co-founded the first Canadian chapter of Women Grow, has worked with the Vancouver School Board and the Canadian AIDS Society on cannabis education, and is one of the authors of the Lift Retail Cannabis Training Course. Jamie’s testimony in the Allard trial was deemed ‘very important’ by Justice Phelan, and led to the quote ‘dispensaries are at the heart of access.” She lobbied successfully for dispensary regulations in Vancouver, and other BC Municipalities, and consulted with Vancouver, Victoria, and others on the crafting of said regulations