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Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

08 September 2018, 07:41 | Jodi Jackson

Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

Musk announced on Twitter last month he would take Tesla private only to withdraw the statement later

"Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said in a statement released by Tesla.

"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. Morton, who joined Tesla on August 6, was quoted in a company filing on Friday saying he believes "strongly" in Tesla and that he had no disagreements with the company's leadership or its financial reporting.

Tesla (TSLA)'s now former chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, quit the company after concluding CEO Elon Musk wasn't interested in accounting details around a potential take-private transaction, according to people familiar with the matter.

Shares of Tesla fell 6.3% to a five-month low on Friday after the company disclosed that its chief accounting officer resigned less than a month after he assumed the job.

And CEO Elon Musk was filmed smoking pot and drinking whiskey during a 2-1/2-hour interview on Thursday with Joe Rogan, a comic and martial-arts color commentator. Rogan further explains the legal-in-California creation, before Musk reaches for the marijuana stuffed cigar and takes a drag.

Concerned investors drove Tesla shares down 7.7 percent in pre-market trading to $259.35.

First, about that joint: The toke came in the midst of Musk's appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience," hosted by Rogan, a stand-up comedian, reality-TV star and martial-arts commentator who's built up a huge following for his video podcast. He later said the firm would stay public.

Morton's brief tenure with the company coincided with the aborted go-private push. "It's very hard to keep a auto company alive", Musk said. In any case, if Musk is on a campaign to convince the Tesla shareholders and board of directors that he's still erratic and wildly unpredictable, he's succeeding. After rising as high as $387, shares of Tesla have now fallen 32% to $261.

In a report by BuzzFeed, Musk responded to a request for comment on the Unsworth controversy with the following email: "I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what's actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you f**king a**hole".

The interview was punctuated by long pauses and flashing eye movement by Musk after he was asked questions.

And he offered viewers advice that, given recent events, he might benefit from more self-reflection: "Spend more time with your friends and less time on social media". Musk asked. "It's marijuana inside of tobacco", said Rogan, and asked if Musk had ever had it.

Another Twitter commenter pointed out that Elon Musk's SpaceX is a NASA contractor, which has its own regulations on drug use.

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