Tesla Stock Falls as CEO Appears to Smoke Marijuana on Video

Musk told Rogan that he's not a regular weed smoker

The interview was punctuated by long pauses and flashing eye movement by Musk after he was asked questions.

Tesla Inc's chief accounting officer resigned after just a month on Friday and a second senior executive was reported to be leaving as well, hours after chief executive officer Elon Musk smoked marijuana on a live webcast. That saga ended with a Friday night announcement in late August, in which Musk said Tesla would remain a publicly traded company. But in the interview with Rogan, which was streamed on YouTube, he appeared at ease.

Running a vehicle company is hard.

"I don't think you'd necessarily want to be me", he said.

Efraim Levy, an independent stock analyst in New York City, said it's particularly worrying that executives in finance and human resources are bailing out, because "they are people who are often the most in-the-know".

Musk has said the company is producing more than 5,000 Model 3 electric cars per week, and cash generated from the sales will bring sustained quarterly profits. "It's very hard to keep a vehicle company alive".

But Musk replies, "I mean, it's legal, right?"

Tesla shares, down just 1 per cent after Musk's appearance on the Rogan podcast overnight, fell another 7 per cent after Morton's resignation to $262.54.

Musk didn't appear to be doing anything illegal because recreational use of marijuana is legal in the state of California. "Every now and again I get drawn in and it's not good, you can make some mistakes".

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But the attorney said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than Papadopoulos ever could". He participated in four proffer sessions, they say, and "was willing to answer any questions posed".

"It's like a cup of coffee in reverse", Musk explained. Last month, Musk ignited controversy by announcing on Twitter that a deal to take Tesla private was all but certain, only to abandon the plan 17 days later.

The interview touched on one of Musk's favorite themes: ways to revolutionize transportation.

"For a while, there will be a lot of fuss and noise in the media". But he expressed frustration about his efforts to build a tunnel under Los Angeles. "Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging" and, then, actually started the Boring Company to create low-priced tunnel networks beneath congested cities. "Mostly because of paperwork". For those who thought about flying cars as an alternative, forget it. Musk later argued that they're noisy and insufficient: "If you want a flying auto, just put wheels on a helicopter".

Well, turns out he was thinking about the kind of things people usually think about when smoking weed - trippy space planes.

"If you want a flying vehicle, just put wheels on a helicopter", he added.

Separately, Musk touted the company's overall progress on Friday.

His venture Neuralink will have "something interesting" to announce in a few months that will be "an order of magnitude" ahead of what people now think is possible, he said.

Musk is also the founder of the tunneling startup Boring Co., plus Neuralink, which is developing brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.

Musk has repeatedly expressed concerns about the dangers of unrestrained development of artificial intelligence but says his push for a more cautious, regulated approach has been "futile". "You probably can't, 'cause of stockholders, right?"

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