Elon Musk smokes marijuana live on web show

Bizarre – Tesla founder Elon Musk has added to speculation over his behaviour by smoking a joint during a live interview More

Bizarre – Tesla founder Elon Musk has added to speculation over his behaviour by smoking a joint during a live interview More

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke marijuana briefly on camera during a podcast appearance, fueling critics who say that his behavior is becoming increasingly concerning and erratic. During the two-and-a-half-hour-long live feed, the two discussed a number of topics ranging from Musk's ideas for an electric plane and artificial intelligence to his history of questionable tweeting habits.

"You probably can't [take a drag] because of stockholders, right?"

Rogan offered him what he called "marijuana inside of tobacco", and joked that shareholders wouldn't approve.

When The New York Times asked Musk if he was smoking when he made the tweet, Musk replied, "Weed is not helpful for productivity".

The interview was taped in California, where marijuana is legal.

He went on to say that running Tesla was the "hardest" job he has: "It's very difficult to keep a vehicle company alive". They both giggled and Musk said, "That would be great".

The exodus continues amid ongoing criticism over Musk's leadership, concern over the automaker's general prospects, and fresh legal issues over market manipulation.

Musk has recently drawn a lot of attention after saying in early August that he would take Tesla private, only to backtrack on that proposal two weeks later.

"I hope I didn't weird you out and I hope you didn't get mad that we smoked weed", Rogan told Musk, wrapping things up.

Tesla stock prices dipped more than 9.8%, near $253.75 during Friday (September 7) morning trading.

"I don't think you would necessarily want to be me; you wouldn't like it that much", Musk quipped.

Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

The company, hurt in the past month by Musk's high-profile U-turn on a deal to take it private, said Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton had resigned, citing discomfort with the level of public attention and pace of work.

"I think the future in where we are a space-faring civilization out there among the stars, that is very exciting", Musk said.

Philippe Houchois, an analyst at Jefferies Group with a hold rating on Tesla shares, said that Musk "seems to be on a slightly self-destructive bent".

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