Tesla billionaire Elon Musk shocks as he smokes WEED on web show

Ruben Fields
September 8, 2018

"Since I joined Tesla on August 6, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said on Friday in a statement included in a filling with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. But a lot of the "public attention" Tesla received during Morton's brief tenure was focused on the possibility of Tesla going private.

Along with his electric vehicle company, Musk heads up space exploration firm Space X, tunnel construction firm The Boring Company, and Neuralink, which works on augmenting human brains with artificial intelligence.

Elon Musk sat down for a chat on Thursday's The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and with more than two and a half hours of discussion, there was much to digest.

FILE- In this June 24, 2018, file photo Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago.

After the broadcast, head of human resources Gabrielle Toldeano told Bloomberg that she would not be returning from a leave of absence, causing the share price to drop further.

Tesla representatives were not immediately available for comment Friday morning.

Musk, seemingly referencing former president Bill Clinton, went to Twitter to say that to say, "remember, I did not inhale".

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In a wide-ranging late-night interview with Joe Rogan that was live-streamed online, Musk took a puff from what the popular podcast host described as "marijuana inside of a tobacco".

Musk told Rogan that he has a design for an electric airplane, which he thinks would be better than current planes because it would be capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and supersonic flight at high altitudes.

Speaking of the what lies ahead, Musk said being forever constrained to Earth "would not be a good future". 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.

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.

The billionaire' s behaviour has raised concerns about his leadership and several Wall Street analysts have called for the company to appoint a strong No. 2 to prop up Tesla's operations and standing with investors.

Tesla shares fell as much as 10 percent, the steepest intraday drop since June 2016, and were down 4.9 percent to $267.28 as of 11:10 a.m.in NY. The chairman and CEO of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., among other companies, recently gave an emotional interview to The New York Times in which he said friends were anxious about exhaustion. Midday, Tesla shares were trading 6.4 percent lower at $262.90.

Tesla is now worth roughly $US21 billion less than it was in the immediate aftermath of Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.

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