We are the editors from The New York Times Editorial Board. Ask Us Anything
I'm Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of The New York Times. The editorial and opinion pages are independent from The Times newsroom, and we're happy to answer as many questions about our journalism and the work we do.
I'm here today with David Firestone and Juliet Lapidos, who contributed to a series of editorials calling on the federal government to lift the ban on marijuana: http://www.nytimes.com/hightime . The editorial board decided to make the call after considering the high social costs, and general absurdity, of the ban -- which is still based on the classification of weed as a Schedule 1 substance, like heroin and LSD.
The series, which considered health, politics, history, criminal justice, and the experience in Colorado with legalization, led to a vigorous and fascinating conversation among readers on the Times site. We'd like to open up that conversation with you here, on Reddit. Please let us know what questions and thoughts you have about legalization or about the Times's position and we'll do our best to get to as many of them as we can. But we also look forward to answering your other questions about The Times Opinion section and the work we do.
Update 4:14 PM ET: Proof: https://twitter.com/andyrNYT/status/496750728439152640
Update 2: It's 4:20 PM ET and we're answering your questions now. Keep 'em coming!
Update 3: Thanks for the opportunity, Reddit. It's 5:20 PM ET and we really enjoyed answering as many of your great questions as we could. Time allowing, we'll try to check in on some more of your questions later on.