Closer Look: Georgia Manufacturer Explains The Hemp Business; Atlanta Co-Living Startup PadSplit Aims to Provide Affordable Housing Solution

Rob Lee, managing partner at Georgia Xtracts, an industrial hemp manufacturer, joins “Closer Look” in studio to discuss navigating the hemp market in Georgia at this time, and how his business model works.
Rob Lee, managing partner at Georgia Xtracts, an industrial hemp manufacturer, joins “Closer Look” in studio to discuss navigating the hemp market in Georgia at this time, and how his business model works.
Credit Candace Wheeler

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on the first meeting of the Georgia House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality.
  • Plus, we hear the latest data on Georgia’s graduation rates.
  • 2:10: An Atlanta-based startup called PadSplit converts single-family homes into “co-living spaces” for those seeking a room to rent. The businesses’ founder, Atticus LeBlanc, sees the homes as a solution to Atlanta’s affordable housing problem. On a recent afternoon, Rose Scott visited one of these homes and spoke to LeBlanc and residents about how PadSplit works and the need for more housing options in Atlanta.
  • 27:20: This May, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the Hemp Farming Act into law. The Act allows for the research, production, processing and regulation of industrial hemp in Georgia – with the proper licensing. However, before the first hemp crops can be legally planted in Georgia, a list of rules and regulations must be approved. Rob Lee, managing partner at GA Xtracts, an industrial hemp manufacturer, joins “Closer Look” in studio to discuss navigating the market in Georgia at this time, and how his business model works.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.