Musk Smokes Pot, Waxes Poetic as More Execs Leave

07 September, 2018, 19:16 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Tesla founder Elon Musk smoking marijuana while recording a podcast

Tesla's shares have crashed after two top executives left the company and Elon Musk, its chief executive, was filmed smoking marijuana during an interview. 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.

During their conversation, Mr Musk talked about his health and his management of Tesla - which he said was the most challenging of his various businesses and projects.

Overall, Morton appears to have parted ways with Tesla amicably, stating that he still believes in the company's overall mission, as well as its future prospects.

Taking a puff from a joint - which Rogan said was a blend of tobacco and marijuana and legal in California - Musk said he "almost never" smoked. For a Factbox on executive departures, see: Even before Musk's surprise August 7 Twitter disclosure that he had funding "secured" for a go-private deal, Tesla had been under scrutiny from investors, analysts and short-sellers as it works to hit production targets and slow its cash burn. But Musk also said this isn't really a priority, and he also dismissed the concept of a flying auto as impractical.

"You probably can't because of stockholders", Rogan joked, to which Musk reasoned, "I mean it's legal, right?" Musk said, accepting a lit blunt from Rogan in the Los Angeles studio, where "The Joe Rogan Experience" is webcast live.

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The 47-year-old billionaire later said he wasn't a "regular smoker" of marijuana because he doesn't find it "very good for productivity".

Musk added: "I'm not a regular smoker of weed - nearly never".

Executive changes at Tesla are closely watched, and this one was made especially notable by the more-than-boilerplate statement in the filing, attributed to Morton.

Musk has repeatedly expressed concerns about the dangers of unrestrained development of artificial intelligence but says his push for a more cautious, regulated approach has been "futile".

"Elon getting high on weed and whiskey is the first reason to go long on $TSLA in a while".

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