Elon Musk smokes pot on live podcast

Isaac Cain
September 8, 2018

More than a dozen other top officials have left this year as Tesla struggled with production problems and hemorrhaged cash.

"I don't think you would necessarily want to be me - you wouldn't like it that much", Musk told Rogan during the live-streamed podcast.

Separately, human resources chief Gabrielle Toledano told Bloomberg she planned to exit the company, rather than return from a leave of absence.

Musk attempted to minimise the commotion surrounding his company after Tesla shares sank to the lowest in five months and its bonds traded at record lows.

An episode of Joe Rogan's popular podcast released today seemed to show Musk smoking marijuana-something that's legal under California law but remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Morton's departure roiled the company which has been under heightened scrutiny since Musk's chaotic announcement on August 7 on Twitter that he was considering taking Tesla private, a plan that was reversed two weeks later.

"Weed is not helpful for productivity".

Musk's current endeavors include electric carmaker Tesla; private space exploration enterprise SpaceX; tunnel-drilling Boring Company, and a Neuralink operation working on augmenting human brains with artificial intelligence. More recently, Musk wrote, Guillen took on responsibility for all vehicle engineering and worldwide sales and service. "Many people ask if Elon is still the best CEO for Tesla".

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Morton didn't explicitly mention last month's buyout saga in his statement explaining his departure.

Musk also warned that there would be "a lot of fuss and noise in the media" in the near term, seemingly an acknowledgement of the fallout from a 2 1/2-hour on-camera interview he participated in just hours earlier with comedy host Joe Rogan.

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", Mr Musk said.

Accounting officer Dave Morton's resignation was announced in an official filing with USA regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission.

But McNealy said that life at the helm of a big company - particularly one that has relied so heavily upon government subsidies and tax dollars - can be very stressful.

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. The stock fell another 8 per cent on Friday morning, revisiting levels seen in the panic of late March.

Shockingly this was nearly a complete blindside to the board of directors at Tesla and just two weeks after that tweet Musk recanted and did his best to explain why he had claimed he had funding "secured".

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