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Tesla's Musk smokes marijuana on comedy podcast

08 September, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Joanna Little
  • Elon Musk smokes weed on the

"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".

Musk sipped whiskey and smoked marijuana during a more than two-and-a-half-hour podcast with comedian Joe Rogan late on Thursday that touched on everything from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe.

Critics say his behavior has become reckless and that Musk should focus on running Tesla, which is facing intense pressure to speed up electric-vehicle production.

The Internet's abuzz with chatter following the surfacing of a video taken of Musk during a recording of Rogan's podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, in which the controversial tech bro shares a blunt, sips whiskey, and discusses everything from the Singularity to magnetic repellants on vehicle bumpers. It later said that Chief People Officer Gaby Toledano would not return from a leave of absence, just over a year after joining.

Neither Tesla nor Musk have commented on the Buzzfeed report.

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", Mr Musk said.

As much as £3.8 billion was wiped off the value of Tesla after two executives quit and boss Elon Musk was shown smoking what appeared to be marijuana on a live podcast. In the Rogan interview Thursday night, Musk talked about thinking he was insane when he was 5 or 6 years old because so many ideas were forming in his head.

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"I've thought about this quite a lot, quite a lot", Musk said of the electric jet design, according to The Verge.

Musk stunned investors last month with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 (£323) a share. "Just ignore them", Musk, 47, said in an email to employees that was republished as a blog post.

The billionaire' s behaviour has raised concerns about his leadership and several Wall Street analysts have called for the company to appoint a strong No. 2 to prop up Tesla's operations and standing with investors.

"We think this is further evidence that the time is now for management and the board to address these issues", he added.

Tesla shares are having their worst day of trading in over two years amid new alarming antics from CEO Elon Musk and executive departures.

"Defendant Musk artificially manipulated the price of Tesla securities with objectively false tweets in order to "burn" the company's short-sellers", Left said, stressing that Musk's actions violated federal securities laws.

Nonetheless, Tesla shareholders were not amused to see yet another impulsive act from the CEO, and shares dropped by 9% before closing down 6%. The chairman and CEO of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., among other companies, recently gave an emotional interview to The New York Times in which he said friends were anxious about exhaustion.

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