Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey, Barry Herzberg began smoking cannabis in 1972 when he was just 15 years old. By the time he entered college he was admittedly selling poundage, meeting supply and demand of the world’s most beloved and illicit herb.
After college he moved to California and became a salesman, barking everything from Porsches, to vacuums, to telephones, when he came full-circle back to cannabis.
After partnering with Felix Hall on a series of five dispensaries, Pacific Green Pharms, in 2010, Herzberg eventually founded Original Nectar, a cannabis oil extraction company in California. He then teamed up with Jae Maedler to found Rylie’s Sunshine, a concentrate company inspired by young cannabis advocate and cancer survivor, Rylie Maedler, Jae’s daughter – just recently named one of the top Women of Weed by High Times.
Diagnosed with severe sciatica and scoliosis in 2007, Herzberg became unable to work due to debilitating pain, and was prescribed opiates. Physical therapy helped him dodge the surgical knife, with cannabis relied upon and realized as his medicine for …