Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Elon Musk smokes weed, talks flamethrowers on Joe Rogan podcast

Elon Musk smokes weed, talks flamethrowers on Joe Rogan podcast

Tesla on Friday also saw the recent departure of its chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, and its head of human resources, Gabrielle Toledano, according to The Verge.

Tesla share prices took a hit amounting to as much as 9 percent today, after billionaire CEO Elon Musk took a hit off what looked like as a marijuana stogie during a YouTube talk show.

Musk, 47, sipped whiskey during a more than 2 1/2-hour podcast interview with comedian Joe Rogan late Thursday that touched on topics from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe. Musk smoked a cigarette containing marijuana during the video interview in California, where marijuana is legal.

In the same breath, Musk said that such a concept "isn't necessary right now" - that he's focused on electric cars, solar power, and energy storage (batteries).

The appearance was the latest unorthodox move by Musk, who has often surprised investors with brash and unpredictable behavior as Tesla has sought to live up to lofty manufacturing targets for its Model 3 electric vehicle.

Even before Musk's surprise August 7 tweet 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. Tesla's stock is down more than six percent to $262, the lowest level since April.

Whatever the case, giving a person like Elon Musk weed to discuss the probability of a simulation will undoubtedly lead to an interesting conversation.

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"The electric airplane isn't necessary right now", Musk told Rogan.

Morton, a former chief financial officer for computer-drive maker Seagate Technology Plc, joined Tesla one day before Musk tweeted that he was considering buying out some investors at $420 a share and taking the company private.

As soon as Musk noticed the smoke, he asked Rogan if he was lighting a joint or a cigar.

Shortly after smoking, Musk looks at his phone and laughs, telling Rogan he was getting texts from friends asking why he was smoking weed during the interview.

In August he told the New York Times that he worked "120-hour weeks" and took sedatives. We own two Tesla cars. But I don't think it's very good for productivity.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke marijuana briefly on camera during a podcast appearance, fueling critics who say that his behavior is becoming increasingly concerning and erratic.

Earlier this week, he escalated his attacks on Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver he accused of being a paedophile, calling him a "child rapist" in an email to a Buzzfeed reporter.

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