Help, I Can’t Stop Looking at These Elon Musk Smoking Memes

Elon Musk smokes a blunt live on You Tube with podcaster Joe Rogan

But that's not it.

Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton resigned after just one month in the job because of discomfort with the attention on the company and pace of work during that time, Tesla said in a filing on Friday. His past jokes about tweeting after taking Ambien and drinking wine didn't seem so amusing anymore, and he defended his use of the prescription sleep aid in a New York Times interview.

Shares of the electric carmaker tumbled more than 6 percent on Friday to $263.24, with investors on edge after a tumultuous August during which Musk proposed and then abruptly pulled the plug on a go-private deal.

"One of those investors, Ross Gerber, told Business Insider's Graham Rapier Musk has "lost a lot of confidence in some of his core investment community".

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

In the month since Musk abruptly announced on Twitter that he had "funding secured" to take the company private, the shares have lost nearly a third of their value. Musk, when offered a hit by Rogan, asked, "It's legal right?" before opting to take a puff.

Since Mr Musk announced his plan to delist Tesla, its share price has dropped by 20%. In an Instagram post from the August weekend spent at Musk's residence, Banks claimed the Tesla CEO had taken LSD.

While the signal sent by the string of resignations was more concrete evidence of disfunction, Musk's decision to smoke pot on a live stream added fuel to swirling speculation that the executive's erratic behavior in recent months was influenced by drug use.

For former Tesla production employee Crystal Guardado, the image of Musk enveloped in a cloud of smoke was particularly jarring, because she says the company fired her in previous year for testing positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Morton and Toledano, whose departures come shortly after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission opened an inquiry into Musk's aborted privatisation plan, join dozens of senior executives who have left Tesla.

"It's time for Tesla and Elon Musk to grow up", said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader. "Especially vehicle companies", Musk said.

"It's quite hard to run companies". Since the start of the year, 41 executives have left, according to CNBC.

One company just seems to be permanently stuck in the spotlight: Tesla (NASDAQ:TLSA).

Tesla reached that level in late June, but did so by working around the clock and hastily adding a third assembly line in a big tent outside its factory in Fremont, California - a measure that auto-manufacturing experts had never seen before.

Back in April 2016, Air Force awarded Musk's company with almost $83 million to launch a GPS III satellite, and extended contracts in the following years.

"There's a reason for the word 'stoned, '" Musk said.

The spring and summer were full of drama for Musk, as he tussled in person and online with analysts, short-sellers and a British diver who helped rescue a team of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. I believe it is fine if it is done responsibly and appropriately and I am pleased that it is becoming legal in many states around the country.

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