Elon Musk Smokes Weed, Talks Electric Plane Designs on Joe Rogan Podcast

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His first day, August 6, was two days before CEO Elon Musk's now-infamous tweet about taking Tesla private that has ended in lawsuits and investigations by federal regulators.

At 47, his ideas have already come to life in incredible ways: SpaceX, a private company that conquered commercial space travel and is developing crewed interplanetary spaceflight; Tesla Inc., maker of stylish electric cars; PayPal, a major online payment system; and many other projects. He was the latest in a long list of executive to have left the carmaker over the past two years as it strives to expand output, deal with production snags and generate profit.

Separately, Tesla revealed that its chief accounting officer has resigned after less than a month on the job, raising further concerns about the company's leadership stability. Musk attempted to minimise the commotion surrounding his company after Tesla shares sank to the lowest in five months and its bonds traded at record lows.

"I got text messages from friends asking, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" Musk said on air.

In an email to employees, CEO Elon Musk said Toledano was on leave to "spend more time with her family and has made a decision to continue doing so for personal reasons".

But Musk replies, "I mean, it's legal, right?" Gaby Toledano, Tesla's head of human resources since May 2017, announced she too was leaving the company.

"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", he said, according to the AP.

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At the end of the show, Rogan asked Musk for concluding thoughts.

Musk said Tesla is about to build and deliver more than twice as many cars as it did last quarter, without being specific about whether the company would accomplish this feat in the third or fourth quarter.

To close the podcast, Mr Musk was asked if he had any concluding remarks.

Shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. tumbled over 9 percent as the markets opened Friday, Sept. 7, after the CEO smoked marijuana during a YouTube video podcast and the company’s accounting chief left after a month on the job. This brings the company's stocks down more than 30 percent from their all-time intraday high of $389.61.

Marijuana is legal in California, where the interview took place, but Musk's phone later started buzzing.

Elon Musk is an icon and one of the most important men not only of our decade but of our time.

"In the aftermath of his controversial announcement, Musk told the New York Times that he was not smoking weed when he posted the "$420" tweet, and that he believes "weed is not helpful for productivity".

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