On 17 October 2018, Derek and Chris joined forces to start their venture into the budding marijuana industry. This was also the same day that the Canadians collectively lit their first legal joint.
Derek and Chris both knew that there was going to be a large demand in the local market – especially since consuming marijuana in your home was ruled by Constitutional Court as legal the month before.
After deciding to go full-steam ahead, it took a few months of traveling around the world, establishing international relationships with the best distributors, locating a shop, to settle on the name, Zootly.
Back in Chris’s hometown, the locals would light up a tasty “Zoot” to mellow out, and owls were always around for that forest canopy high.
Now located in the trendy Mason’s Press complex in Woodstock, Cape Town, the Zootly team now sells its own bespoke range of Zoot products, growing mediums, vapes, CBD products, and so much more to the local cannabis aficionado from the store or the online shop.
If you’re looking for premium cannabis products, at a price that won’t break your “bong piggy bank”, then give the owl a hoot.
If you’re about to say, “You can’t teach an old dog…” SHUT YOUR MOUTH!
Derek is an energetic entrepreneur, who’s been there, done that, and still looking for another bloody t-shirt!
It’s for this reason, since the beginning of 2018, he’s been looking for an inroad into the cannabis industry. First looking into growing marijuana in Zimbabwe to no avail. Then into the retail side with Zootly.
Now you can find him learning about this new industry, doing yoga, or thinking about putting some flight hours on his pilot’s licence.
There are two things you’ll notice when meeting the young and hungry entrepreneur. Chris is a highly motivated individual who punches way above his weight class.
With a wealth of knowledge in the fitness and nutrition profession, he decided to venture into the cannabis industry because in his own words, “It’s the next Billion dollar industry. And passion for the growing profession…”
Now you can find Chris establishing international relationships with the kings in the weed industry, and bringing them home for you to enjoy.