Elon Musk And Joe Rogan Smoke Marijuana During Live Podcast Interview

Mae Love
September 10, 2018

Musk has come under heavy pressure in recent weeks over his botched attempt to take Tesla private and his erratic behavior.

Oh, and they also smoked a blunt together and threw back some whiskey!

Speaking of the what lies ahead, Musk said being forever constrained to Earth would not be a good future.

"Yeah, I think I tried one once", he replied, laughing. Rogan asked, noting that Musk probably had not "because of stockholders".

Morton's brief tenure with the company coincided with the aborted go-private push.

"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", the company quoted Mr Morton as saying in the filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Morton joined the electric auto company the day before Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private, causing stocks to soar and prompting and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation from over whether he had funding secured, as he had stated.

Elon Musk talked about artifical intelligence and colonising space during the long interview.

The spot on one of the most popular podcasts in the US marks Musk's first appearance in a public forum since he stunned the financial world last month with his short-lived effort to take Tesla private.

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Morton, who is walking away from a $350,000 base salary and a $10 million new-hire stock grant that would vest over four years, said he believed "strongly" in Tesla and that he had no disagreements with the company's leadership or its financial reporting. He took leave from the company in 2015 but rejoined to work on the Semi truck revealed in November of previous year.

Toledano, one of the top executives at the company, reports directly to Musk. Tesla's head of Human Services, Gabrielle Toledano, is also taking her leave, Bloomberg said.

The comedian offered the 47-year-old billionaire a marijuana and tobacco cigarette, which are legal in the state of California.

Hours before the posting, Musk sat for a 2 1/2-hour interview with comedian Joe Rogan, during which the two mused about work and life while smoking a marijuana joint on camera. The San Francisco office of the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating not only Musk's unusual tweet about having "funding secured" to take the auto company private, but broader issues surrounding company disclosures about production goals with its latest offering, the Model 3.

If Elon's relaxed attitude is a short-term positive, it is at least balanced out by the departure of chief accounting officer Dave Morton as a potential long-term negative.

The company disclosed the departure in a regulatory filing.

A Tesla spokesperson wasn't immediately available to comment.

Shares of Tesla dropped 8.2 per cent in pre-market trading, to $258.40.

Musk has been picking other fights, deriding the media and, during a May conference call to discuss first-quarter earnings, cutting off several analysts, dismissing their questions as "boring".

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