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Ben C Scales Jr.

863-529-8312
Ben C Scales
P.O. Box 7382
Asheville, NC 28802
www.benscaleslaw.com
Phone: 863-529-8312
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Ben C Scales Jr.

Member,
Legal Committee

About Ben C Scales Jr.

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 Samfo... read more »

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.

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Ben C Scales Jr. -
P.O. Box 7382
Asheville, NC 28802
www.benscaleslaw.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 863-529-8312

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Marijuana Defense80.00%
Intellectual Property Law20.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
North Carolina Member in Good Standing 2006
Georgia Inactive Member 1992
Florida Inactive Member 1992

Work Experience

Position Duration
Solo Practice 1995 – present
Law Clerk to Judge Alex Munson at United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands 19921995
Law Clerk to Judge Eric Bruggink at United States Court Of Federal Claims 19911992
Management Engineer, Statewide Systems Analyst at First National Bank of Atlanta/Wachovia 19861989

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Cumberland School of Law at Samford University Law J.D. 1991
Georgia Institute of Technology Industrial Engineering Bachelor of Indust. Eng. 1986

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Founding Board Member,
Secretary/Treasurer
North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network 20082014
President Isaac Dickson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization 20062008
Board Member,
Treasurer,
Past-President
Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County 2006 – present
Member,
Performance Rights Committee
Folk Alliance International 2003 – present
Founding board member,
Secretary,
Treasurer
Southeast Regional Folk Alliance 20032008
Member,
Legal Committee
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 2002 – present

Speaking Engagements

Presentation Title Conference Year
Medical Marijuana North Carolina Bar Association CLE on Marijuana Law Reform 2013
State Revenue Projections from Medical Cannabis NC Medical Cannabis Act Public Education Forum at General Assembly, Raleigh 2011
Legal Issues for Small Concert Venues South East Regional Folk Alliance Conference, Montreat NC 2011
Notes from the author of the NC Medical Marijuana Act Charlotte Town Hall Meeting on HB 1380 - NC Medical Marijuana Act 2010
Film Financing Issues and Ideas Asheville Film Makers Group 2008

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