Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

The Funniest Tweets about Elon Musk Smoking Weed on Joe Rogan's Podcast

The Funniest Tweets about Elon Musk Smoking Weed on Joe Rogan's Podcast

Silicon Valley billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk faced shareholder backlash and a possible U.S. Air Force investigation on Friday, after he took a drag of what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette during an appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast Thursday night.

Tesla Inc shares fell almost nine percent on Friday as the resignation of its chief accounting officer after just a month at work spooked investors amid another social media storm around billionaire chief executive Elon Musk.

Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton resigned because of discomfort with the attention on the company and pace of work during that time, Tesla said in a filing on Friday.

Toledano, who has been on leave of absence from the company, said she would not be returning to the company.

Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but Musk had previously dismissed questions about whether he used the drug.

Shares of Tesla fell as much as 10% amid the hazy cloud of headlines, marking yet another instance of the controversial Musk giving ammunition to his detractors in the interest of cultivating an offbeat public persona.

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", the Tesla CEO said late Thursday on the podcast, which was shown live on the internet.

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"I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" said Musk said later on in the interview.

The sudden resignation of Morton as chief accounting officer could be of interest to securities regulators. Tesla's stock is down more than six percent to $262, the lowest level since April.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk at a news conference on February 6. Last month, Musk ignited controversy by announcing on Twitter that a deal to take Tesla private was all but certain, only to abandon the plan 17 days later.

His brother Kimbal Musk told the newspaper that the reason Mr Musk "seems to attract drama" is because he is "so transparent, so open, in a way that can come back to bite him".

He continued, "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future". Last month, when he floated the idea of taking Tesla private at a premium price of $420 a share, many noted that "420" served as longstanding code for marijuana use. He added that he still believed in Tesla, that "I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting".

The turnover among top executives should concern investors who wanted more stability at Tesla, said John Wilson, head of research and corporate governance at Cornerstone Capital Group.

Tesla has long struggled with high turnover among its senior executive ranks, and its finance team, in particular, has gone through significant tumult lately. In an Instagram post from the August weekend spent at Musk's residence, Banks claimed the Tesla CEO had taken LSD.

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