Yet again, Tesla shares burned by barrage of awkward headlines

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

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

Another high-level Tesla official has left the electric automaker, amid struggles to meet production goals and negative publicity surrounding founder Elon Musk. Morton stated that "the level of public attention placed on the company" and "the pace within the company" caused him to reconsider his future.

Overall, Morton appears to have parted ways with Tesla amicably, stating that he still believes in the company's overall mission, as well as its future prospects. Tesla's head of Human Services, Gabrielle Toledano, is also taking her leave, Bloomberg said.

That interview - coupled with the abrupt departure of the company's chief accounting officer - pushed Tesla's stock further into the red on Friday, with it falling more than 6 percent to $262.28 per share. Musk then took a single puff from the joint offered by Rogan.

An episode of Joe Rogan's popular podcast released today seemed to show Musk smoking marijuana-something that's legal under California law but remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Last night Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor and electric auto innovator, was a guest on Joe Rogan's podcast. But a lot of the "public attention" Tesla received during Morton's brief tenure was focused on the possibility of Tesla going private.

Even before Musk's surprise August 7 tweet that he had funding "secured" for a go-private deal, Tesla had been under scrutiny from investors, analysts and short-sellers as it works to hit production targets and slow its cash burn.

Elon Musk is back at it again! Before the podcast came to a close, Musk told Rogan that he had already received inquiries about the controversial toke.

The promotions follow what have been a tumultuous few weeks for Musk, an increasingly mercurial chief executive who got himself into some hot water last month with a proposal to take Tesla private. Rogan passes the joint to Musk, who also takes a sip of whiskey. We own two Tesla cars.

The billionaire entrepreneur addressed his tumultuous year in an emotional interview with The New York Times in August, in which he admitted he was experiencing the "most hard and painful year" of his career.

The 47-year-old billionaire later said he wasn't a "regular smoker" of marijuana because he doesn't find it "very good for productivity".

But there were other factors at work: Tesla reported that its chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, was leaving the company after just a month on the job. Earlier this week Musk made a second round of unsubstantiated allegations against Vernon Unsworth, the British diver involved in the cave rescue operation that saved a group of Thai schoolboys in July, whom he had called a "pedo guy".

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