Medical marijuana, affordable housing and pecans. A recap of last week in Middle Georgia.

Warner Robins residents speak out on affordable housing complex

A public hearing was held April 18, 2019, on the proposed affordable housing complex called Perkins Field. The apartments would be built off Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins, Ga.
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A public hearing was held April 18, 2019, on the proposed affordable housing complex called Perkins Field. The apartments would be built off Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins, Ga.

Last week in Georgia, a medical marijuana bill was signed. A new Pecan king was crowned, and the federal government renamed a coastal creek to honor former slaves who sought freedom.

In Warner Robins, debate over a multimillion-dollar affordable housing complex continued.

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Warner Robins leaders could approve multimillion-dollar affordable housing complex

A $17.4 million affordable housing complex could be built in Warner Robins if city leaders give it the green light.

Perkins Field would be a 90 apartment development across three buildings, located on the site of Perkins Park on Watson Boulevard.

Some claim the proposed development should be built somewhere else. Others are concerned the development will bring crime to an area where city leaders are working to build a downtown.

The City Council must vote to transfer the land over to the Warner Robins Downtown Development Authority, which in turn would allow the developers to build the complex.

For more of The Telegraph’s coverage on this topic, read here.

Medical marijuana production bill signed

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill that will allow the in-state production and selling of medical marijuana oil.

The law aims to address a peculiarity that’s existed since 2015. The issue was that patients in Georgia could possess the oil but bringing it across state lines was outlawed, and in-state production was not then legal.

Up to six private businesses will be granted licenses to grow marijuana and produced low THC oil. The bill also calls for the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State to seek licenses to produce and/or manufacture medical marijuana oil.

The AJC reports it will likely take well over a year before state-sanctioned medical marijuana oil reaches the hands of patients.

New Mexico — not Georgia — lead nation in pecan production last year

Hurricane Michael destroyed large swaths of Georgia pecan crops, and cut the state’s production in half from 2017 to 2018, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Georgia still produced the second most pecans in the nation at 56 million pounds.

New Mexico propelled to the nation’s top spot. The southwestern state produced about 90 million pounds in 2018, down about two million from 2017. Georgia produced 107 million pounds in 2017.

Lenny Wells, associate professor of Horticulture with a focus on pecans at the University of Georgia, told the Carlsbad (New Mexico) Current-Argus that 17 % of Georgia’s pecan acreage was lost in the storm.

Georgia lost about $100 million in pecan crops, and $260 million in tree loss and up to $200 million in lost future income, Wells told the newspaper.

Federal government renames Runaway Negro Creek in Georgia

The United States government renamed a tidal creek on the Georgia coast that was long known as Runaway Negro Creek.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names changed the name to Freedom Creek, reports the Savannah Morning News. A bill to change the name passed the Georgia Senate and House in 2018, the newspaper reports.

Slaves crossed the creek to escape Union-occupied islands during the Civil War seeking freedom, the newspaper reported.