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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health said Monday it will begin accepting applications for medical-marijuana registry identification cards on June 30.

The cards will allow patients or caregivers to purchase medical marijuana at licensed dispensaries. No dispensaries have yet been licensed by the state, but the state Medical Marijuana Commission said previously it will begin accepting applications for licenses to operate dispensaries or cultivation centers on June 30.

The Health Department said Wednesday in a news release it will begin issuing registry identification cards to patients and caregivers about 30 days before medical marijuana becomes available for legal purchases in the state, which is likely to be early next year.

Applications will be available online at or in paper form from the Health Department. The application process includes a requirement that the patient or caregiver obtain a written certification from a doctor that the patient has a qualifying health condition. The certification must be on an official Health Department form.

Other requirements include a nonrefundable $50 fee and a copy of a valid Arkansas

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Hemp Inc (OTCMKTS:HEMP) is excited to announce that the South Carolina farmers’ needs have been put under close consideration. From today onwards, all these farmers have been advised to apply for licenses to grow hemp. This follows the move by South Carolina to legalize industrial hemp cultivation.

Greg Hembree, the State Senator while recently addressing a press conference said, “The licenses in South Carolina will be ‘issued to growers who have passed a State Law Enforcement Division background check. The growers also have to work with an in-state research university to develop products and a market for them.”

Hemp Inc has revealed that it has plans underway to purchase its second CBD Extractor. In fact that might take place in the course of this year. As announced in Hemp, Inc.’s last press release, the top provider succeeded in buying its first industrial NuAxon Tech CO2 Supercritical extractor from NuAxon BioScience. The company is a manufacturer and producer of the world class, large capacity CO2 Supercritical Extraction equipment and has been in the business for long establishing for itself a great track record.

The past few years

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Brookville, Jefferson County, Pa. – Jefferson County Commissioners say they were shocked- as they sat around a live stream- to hear Brookville be called as the state announced the 12 permits for medical marijuana. 

“There’s all the counties and all the places it’s going to happen and when Brookville came across there with Jefferson County, it was pretty cool,” says Jefferson County Commissioner Herbert Bullers.  

The manufacturing facility  in Brookville, will be run by Cresco Yeltrah LLC, a South Carolina based company. The group says a news conference is in the works. Bullers recalls meeting with the company, saying,  “They were very impressive. They had all the right things to say and they’re not new to the game that’s the thing.”

“This is to help people with serious illness, this isn’t a recreational thing. Everybody knows somebody that has cancer,” says County Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik. 

The company will be housed out of the old St. Marys Carbon building. The 48 hundred square foot facility is located just off the Hazen exit of interstate-80.  Pisarcik says it will make for

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CHARLESTON — Damaging a piece of security equipment at the Coles County jail resulted in prison time for a man.

William R. Elder, 26, for whom court records list an address of 14081 Hill Road, Humboldt, pleaded guilty to a charge of damage to government-supported property that accused him of damaging the equipment on Sept. 8.

The charge was a felony offense that can normally result in a prison sentence of one to three years or probation with a conviction.

However, Elder’s criminal record made him eligible for twice the normal maximum prison term. With the agreement reached in his case, he was sentenced to prison for five years.

Records in Elder’s case indicate that a jail security video system recorded Elder slamming the equipment, a pair of cuffs capable of stunning the wearer, against the floor of his cell.

As part of the sentence, Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O’Brien ordered Elder to pay $1,500 in restitution to the Coles County Sheriff’s Office.

The agreement also

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A former Navy SEAL is facing federal criminal charges for his ties to a major marijuana drug smuggling operation.

This arrest comes on a heels of an April CBS News investigation that revealed widespread drug use among Navy SEALs.

James Dennis “JD” Smith Jr. was arrested Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s charged with conspiracy to distribute andpossession with intent to distribute at least 700 kilograms (over 1,540 pounds) of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Smith, who served 16 years as a Navy SEAL, was awarded a bronze star during his tour in Iraq and a Special Operations Medic of the Year Award, according to the website of a global security and crisis management consulting firm where he was listed as a Principal Associate of Security Operations. A company official told CBS News that the firm had not heard from or employed Smith for the past five years.   

In an affidavit, DEA Special Agent Doug McElwain describes Smith supplying marijuana via aircraft to Bryon Rye, 43, and Carl Rye, 40, of Columbia, South Carolina.

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Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. – A new facility to grow and process medical marijuana could be operating in our region before the end of the year. It’s among 12 locations to receive a permit from the State Department of Health.

A company out of South Carolina has received approval for its application to grow and process medical marijuana in Brookville, Jefferson County. Economic development officials there say the grow facility will be located in the former St. Marys Carbon Building, off of the Hazen exit of interstate 80.

The permit application by the Cresco Yeltrah Company is the only one approved for our region. The State Health Department says the growers and processors who’ve received permits now have six months to become operational before they can begin growing medical marijuana.

“Issuing permits today for growers and processors is a significant step forward in the  implementation of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. We remain on track to get  medication to patients with serious medical conditions in 2018,” says John Collins, Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana.

Collins says the state

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – North Augusta city leaders were hit with a costly surprise in the Riverside Village construction.

About a month ago, construction workers came across contaminated soil when they were moving dirt around center field.

“When they started digging they could even smell the fumes from it,” said City Administrator Todd Glover.

The future home of the Augusta GreenJackets used to be what we’ve come to know as an industrial park.

North Augusta Heritage Council President Milledge Murray says over the years many businesses have been located on South Carolina’s riverfront.

In the very same place where Riverside Village is being built.

So, he wasn’t to shocked to learn contaminated soil was found in that area.

“One of the early businesses that was here, but I don’t know that we can completely blame it on, but the People’s Oil Company was right on this side of the bridge.” Murray told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Murray says Riverside Village used to be the home of the Industrial Lumber Company.

At one point it was the North Augusta Dispensary and

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Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (NYSE: CBD) and Ingles Markets, (NASDAQ:IMKTA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao and Ingles Markets,, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao 0 3 1 0 2.25 Ingles Markets, 0 0 0 0 N/A


Ingles Markets, pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao does not pay a dividend. Ingles Markets, pays out 26.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao and Ingles Markets,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao -0.68% 3.17% 0.95% Ingles Markets, 1.20% 9.73% 2.71%

Earnings and Valuation

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James Dennis ‘J.D.’ Smith, a 49-year-old former CIA special agent and Navy Seal, has been arrested in connection with an ongoing federal smuggling investigation.

Smith, 49, was arrested on Saturday, June 17 in Charlotte, South Carolina. On the same day, Smith was identified as a former Navy SEAL and CIA special agent by multiple sources.

Similarly, two Columbia, South Carolina brothers Carl Rye, 41, and Bryon Rye, 43, were also arrested in a Rosewood Drive house by authorities.

All three men have been charged with conspiring to distribute at least 1,540 pounds of marijuana since 2014 according to the complaint, with each charge carrying a sentence of 5 to 40 years.

via The State:

According to the complaint, Smith supplied the Rye brothers with marijuana. Bryon Rye supplied the money to buy Smith’s marijuana, and Carl Rye sold the marijuana in South Carolina, including to a distributor in Beaufort County, legal papers said.

On numerous occasions, Smith landed his private airplane at Jim Hamilton-Owens Field in Columbia to pick up money owed to him by the

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A man said to be a former decorated U.S. Navy SEAL and CIA special agent has been arrested in connection with an ongoing national federal marijuana-smuggling investigation with major ties to Columbia.

James Dennis “J.D.” Smith, 49, was arrested Saturday in Charlotte. On the same day, two Columbia-area brothers, Carl Rye, 41, and Bryon Rye, 43, were picked up in a Rosewood Drive house by authorities.

All three are part of the same case. They are each charged with conspiring to distribute “at least 700 kilograms” (1,540 pounds) or more of marijuana since 2014, according to a criminal complaint. The charge carries a sentence of five to 40 years in prison.

Some of the marijuana seized in a storage unit belonging to Carl Rye was apparently legally grown medical marijuana and came from California. It was marked “Unlawful to redistribute,” according to the complaint.

Smith and the Ryes, shackled hand and foot and in orange jumpsuits, appeared Monday in federal court in Columbia for initial arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shiva Hodges. They are being held without bond.

Smith was

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