How two North Texans built one of the biggest, baddest cannabis brands in the world

One North Texan was a prototypical party boy who’s now singing the gospel of pot to lawmakers, the press and — most importantly — to prospective clients.

The other brings a critical component to a multimillion-dollar operation: the science of cannabis oil extraction.

These two make up half of the C-suites at Denver-based Organa Brands, which went through 10 tons of marijuana on its way to $118 million in revenue last year, selling 68 products ranging from vaporizer pens to edible gummies to cannabis-infused energy drinks, all based on the liquid gold.

Arlington native Chris Driessen, who just celebrated his 40th birthday with a long weekend in the mountains, is the company’s sales guru, and carries the official title of president of U.S. operations. Chris McElvany, from Granbury, is one of three co-founders of Organa Brands and is the president of Organa Labs.

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