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Ben C Scales Jr

Ben C Scales Jr

Marijuana Law and Intellectual Property Lawyer
Asheville, NC
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Attorney Biography

Ben Scales is a lawyer, an activist, and a musician. He has built his law practice on a foundation of protecting his clients’ civil, contractual and intellectual property rights and promoting change in an archaic and unjust law, through public advocacy and defense of clients accused of violating the cannabis (marijuana) prohibition.

Ben is a 1991 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was a member of the Cumberland Law Review. Before law school, Ben earned a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1986.

Ben is actively licensed to practice law in North Carolina, and maintains inactive status as a member of the bar in both Florida and Georgia. He is further licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Early in his career, Ben served as Law Clerk to Judge Eric G. Bruggink on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, which adjudicates all contract litigation and other claims against the federal government. While working in Washington, Ben was recruited to serve as Law Clerk to Judge Alex Munson, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, on the island of Saipan. The CNMI’s unique political status as a self-governing commonwealth under the sovereignty of the United States gave Ben a profound education in local, federal and international issues.

Ben relocated to Asheville, North Carolina with his family in late 2002, where they settled into the historic neighborhood of Montford, renovating a classic 1920s bungalow, from where he seeks to reform the laws prohibiting all use of the cannabis plant. Ben is a musician at heart, and is proud of his highly creative family. HIs wife Cate has a prolific career as an interior designer. Together, Ben and Cate raise their three children, all of whom play music, create art, and excel at school and sports.

For more information, please visit Ben's website at http://www.benscaleslaw.com.

Practice Areas

Marijuana Law (80%)
Intellectual Property Law (20%)

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Bar Licenses

North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina
Member in Good Standing

Florida State Bar
Inactive Member

Georgia State Bar
Inactive Member

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Work Experience

Solo Practice

Law Clerk to Judge Alex Munson at United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands

Law Clerk to Judge Eric Bruggink at United States Court Of Federal Claims

Management Engineer, Statewide Systems Analyst at First National Bank of Atlanta/Wachovia

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Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Georgia Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Indust. Eng.

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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lifetime Member
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Founding Board Member,
North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network

Board Member,
Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County

Isaac Dickson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization

Performance Rights Committee
Folk Alliance International

Founding board member,
Southeast Regional Folk Alliance

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Recognized for Community Leadership
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Recognized for Professional Involvement
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Contact Ben C Scales Jr

Ben C Scales Jr

P.O. Box 7382
Asheville, NC 28802
Office: 863-529-8312

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Nonprofit Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.

NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.