Madison man accused of growing marijuana on UW campus

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

45-year-old Christopher J. Schwartz was charged Friday, November 9th 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.