Former UW-Madison researcher allegedly grows pot

CREATED Nov 11, 2012

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MADISON - A former plant researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accused of growing marijuana in a university lab.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says 45-year-old Christopher J. Schwartz was charged Friday with two felony counts of marijuana manufacturing and possession. Prosecutors say someone discovered 12 marijuana plants being grown inside a growth chamber in the biochemistry building last month.

The criminal complaint says the chamber was used by Schwartz and locked with a padlock.

A university spokeswoman says Schwartz was initially placed on administrative leave after his arrest, but he resigned late last month.

No working telephone listing for Schwartz could be found Saturday.

Online court records didn't list a defense attorney for him.

The complaint says Schwartz acknowledged growing the plants for personal use.