Psychiatrist Lance A. Lopez Suspended Based on Marijuana Conviction

October 29, 2018

On October 24, 2018, the Virginia Department of Health Professions (“Department”) suspended the license of psychiatrist Lance A. Lopez. 

He is not allowed to practice medicine or hold himself out to be a physician in the state of Virginia and is required to return his license until the Department has notified him in writing that it has been reinstated.

Lopez, who currently practices in Las Vegas under the name “L. Anthony Lopez,” was formerly employed in the psychiatry department of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

According to the Department’s document, Lopez was on active duty in 2015 and 2016, stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego, California.

Lopez was found guilty on October 3, 2016 in a Special Court-Martial of the United States Navy of an offense punishable by more than one year of incarceration: wrongful use of marijuana, a felony.

The Department’s “Exhibit 1” in the case (as found in the Department’s document) is a copy of the Department of the Navy’s Special Court-Martial Order No. 04-16, dated September 29, 2017 which states that Dr. Lopez, who was at that time a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Medical Corps, was actually found guilty of three violations: (1) being absent from his place of duty (for more than one month); (2) refusing to provide urine subject to a required urinalysis; and (3) the aforementioned unlawful use of marijuana.

Source: Order of Mandatory Suspension in re: Lance Anthony Lopez, M.D., License Number 0101-250185, Case Number 190604, Virginia Dept. of Health Professor, October 23, 2018.


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