Elon Musk Smokes Weed, Talks Electric Plane Designs on Joe Rogan Podcast

Helen Aguilar
September 8, 2018

Tesla noted in a statement to Reuters that Morton opted to depart from the company due to his discomfort with the level of public attention and Tesla's overall pace of work.

Musk, 47, sipped whiskey during a more than 2 1/2-hour podcast interview with comedian Joe Rogan late Thursday that touched on topics from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe.

"It turns out Jerome was pulling some pretty incredible rabbits out of the hat", Musk said last month on Tesla's quarterly earnings call after the company hit its target to produce 5,000 of the cars in the last week of June.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke marijuana briefly on camera during a podcast appearance, fueling critics who say that his behavior is becoming increasingly concerning and erratic.

Elon Musk announced a major shakeup in Tesla's executive ranks on Friday, just hours after a weird interview left some investors rattled.

Tesla shares dropped 8% Friday morning following the live web show, and both the company's head of accounting, Dave Morton, and head of human resources, Gaby Toledano, announced that they were leaving the company, according to The Guardian.

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The promotions follow what have been a tumultuous few weeks for Musk, an increasingly mercurial chief executive who got himself into some hot water last month with a proposal to take Tesla private.

As mentioned, the reasons for the stock dropping go beyond Musk smoking marijuana - including two Tesla executives resigning.

Elon Musk has added another bit of freaky behaviour to the list by smoking a joint during a live interview. "I want to be clear that I believe strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, and I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting", Morton was quoted as saying. Musk tweeted his plan to pay shareholders $420 a share with "funding secured" on August 7, the day after Morton started at Tesla. Musk said before smoking the joint. "I don't actually notice any effect.I don't find that it is very good for productivity". "We think this is further evidence that the time is now for management and the Board to address these issues", Albertine said. Tesla said cash from Model 3 sales will pay the bills and drive profits.

The stock for Tesla, where Musk is CEO, took a dive Friday following the news of Musk's public use of marijuana making the rounds, along with other bad news for Tesla. That saga ended with a Friday night announcement in late August, in which Musk said Tesla would remain a publicly traded company.

Andrew Left, an investor at Citron Research in Beverly Hills with a short position in Tesla stock, this week filed a class-action suit against the company, claiming that Musk's "funding secured" tweet had illegally burned short sellers.

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