CADILLAC — A 36-year-old Cadillac man is facing a charge of possession of marijuana in a school zone and one other driving offense after he was arraigned recently in 84th District Court.
Matthew Lee Wert was charged with one count of possession of marijuana on school or library property second or subsequent offense and one count of operating while license suspended, revoked or denied second or subsequent offense for his connection with an incident on May 8 in Cadillac.
Although it is legal for a person who is 21 years or older to possess not more than 2.5 ounces of processed marijuana or 12 marijuana plants, it is still illegal to possess or consume marijuana on public or private school property.
If convicted, Wert faces up to four years in prison and/or $4,000 in fines on the marijuana-related charge.
The charges are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Wert is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Wert was released on a personal recognizance bond and a probable cause conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 18.