Tesla shares fall after Elon Musk smokes weed, drinks whisky during interview

Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

This week also saw the exit of several senior Tesla staff, with new head of accounting Dave Morton announcing his resignation after less than a month in the job.

Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) is down 6% in Friday's intraday amid reports that the company lost two more executives, with Chief Accounting Officer David H. Morton, Jr. leaving his post after just two months and Chief People Officer Gabrielle Toledano confirming that she would not be coming back from a leave.

Morton's departure further roiled the company, which has been under heightened scrutiny since Musk's chaotic Twitter announcement on August 7 that he was considering taking Tesla private, before reversing the plan two weeks later. "This caused me to reconsider my 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.

Proudly unconventional entrepreneur Elon Musk spent most of an online interview, streamed live Thursday night, pontificating and joking around with podcast host Joe Rogan, who showered him with adulation for his brilliance.

"I mean it's legal, right?" said Musk, before taking a puff.

Later he says he does not notice any effect from the joint and claims he rarely smokes.

Musk explained that he's "not a regular smoker of weed" because he "doesn't find it's very good for productivity".

There is no question that Tesla's culture is different from that of conventional automakers or even other Silicon Valley companies - like data storage company Seagate, Morton's last employer. Because Musk's company SpaceX is contracted by the federal government, the Air Force is required to take the appearance on Rogan's podcast seriously. The Palo Alto, California-based company faces concerns about its limited cash balance, maturing debt and struggle to steadily build high volumes of the Model 3 sedan, the first electric vehicle that Musk has attempted to mass-manufacture.

Tesla share prices took a hit amounting to as much as 9 percent today, after billionaire CEO Elon Musk took a hit off what looked like as a marijuana stogie during a YouTube talk show. Morton, who joined Tesla on August 6, was quoted in a company filing on Friday saying he believes "strongly" in Tesla and that he had no disagreements with the company's leadership or its financial reporting. On AI, Musk said he would be announcing in a few months a "neurolink" that connects humans with machines.

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. He was the latest in a long list of executive to have left the carmaker over the past two years as it strives to expand output, deal with production snags and generate profit.

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