Tesla stock plunges after Musk ‘smokes marijuana’ during web interview

Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

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.

Just hours after the show, the company said its chief accounting officer had resigned, citing discomfort with the level of public attention in the company. "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton was quoted as saying in a company filing.

Meanwhile, the company announced in a regulatory filing the departure of Morton, who is quoted by Tesla as stepping down due to the level of public scrutiny and the pace at the company but not over any disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting.

During his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, which drew a lot of attention because Musk was sipping whisky and smoking marijuana in his first live interview since he tweeted that he was taking Tesla private, Musk and Rogan discussed artificial intelligence, flamethrowers, Tesla, smart homes, and solar energy.

When The New York Times asked Musk if he was smoking when he made the tweet, Musk replied, "Weed is not helpful for productivity". "I don't actually notice any effect. Every now and again I get drawn in and it's not good, you can make some mistakes", he added.

Tesla did not immediately respond to NPR's request for comment. "When Morton offered advice about capitalizing the company through other means rather than going private, he was ignored, said the people". "You probably can't because of stockholders, right?"

Musk is definitely not flying high after his infamous toke set his company stocks ablaze...

The company's stock was down by roughly 7 percent in early-morning trading.

Musk hit back at Vernon in a freaky series of tweets.

"We chose to make it real and dig a tunnel under LA and then other people asked us to build tunnels, so we said yes", he said.

Mr Musk has said the company is producing more than 5,000 Model 3 electric cars per week, and that cash generated from the sales will bring sustained quarterly profits.

Musk did not directly address the suit during the Rogan sit-down. The San Francisco office of the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Musk's tweet about having "funding secured" - a proposition that proved dubious - as well as broader issues surrounding company disclosures about production goals with the midsize Model 3, which Tesla is counting on to drive up revenue and stabilize its finances.

In a Friday blog post on the electric-car company's website, Musk announced Jerome Guillen, an eight-year veteran of the company, will now oversee all automotive operations, program management, and the company's automotive supply chain.

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