Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Tesla's chief accountant quits after one month on the job (TSLA)

Tesla's chief accountant quits after one month on the job (TSLA)

The interview lasted over two hours and saw the Tesla CEO speaking with Rogan about a range of subjects, including the dangers of artificial intelligence and the problems with discourse on social media platforms.

Rogan pulled out a joint in the middle of the interview, leading Musk to wonder if it was a tobacco cigar or cannabis. "You probably can't because of stockholders, right?" 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.

After asking whether it was legal, Musk then took the joint and smoked it himself on camera. On Rogan's podcast, Musk made news by apparently taking a hit off Rogan's marijuana.

Soon after, Musk changed his mind and said he decided the company would remain public. But Musk also said this isn't really a priority, and he also dismissed the concept of a flying vehicle as impractical. "It just wasn't the way I operate", he said. Musk has said he expects the company could turn profitable in the second half of this year. Musk sat down with the comedian turned bro minister and part-time survivalist to discuss eccentric ideas while drinking whiskey.

Tesla shares were volatile Friday morning amid a flawless storm of chaotic news for the embattled electric carmaker. He was honest, possibly drunk and stoned: "I think people should be nicer to each other ..."

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"If you get one of those toy drones and imagine it's 1,000 times heavier - that's not going to make your neighbors happy", he explained.

Tesla's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, said he was leaving the company after considering the level of attention Tesla has received and the "pace within the company".

"I think you have a responsibility as a CEO to be a role model to young kids and kids in college and young executives, to your employees", Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy said on Friday during an interview on FOX Business' "Cavuto: Coast to Coast". As noted, Musk once tweeted that he was considering selling shares of his company for $420. It said Morton had no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or financial reporting.

Tesla did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Morton joined Tesla on August 6, one day before Musk's infamous tweet claiming that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private.

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