Elon Musk Smoking Weed with Joe Rogan

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Shares in Tesla crashed 6% on Friday as two senior executives quit, just hours after chief executive Elon Musk sparked concern by smoking cannabis on a live web show.

But that's not it.

An ex-Tesla employee who says she was sacked for testing positive for THC, the ingredient found in marijuana, called CEO Elon Musk's decision to smoke marijuana during an interview a "slap in the face". In an emotional August interview with The New York Times last month, the CEO said he was working as many as 120 hours a week, admitting that friends were anxious he was facing exhaustion.

Musk stated that technology will be 'indistinguishable from reality, ' and, when prompted by Rogan on whether or not he entertained the idea of a 'simulation, ' appeared to confirm his sentiments.

The Internet's abuzz with chatter following the surfacing of a video taken of Musk during a recording of Rogan's podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, in which the controversial tech bro shares a blunt, sips whiskey, and discusses everything from the Singularity to magnetic repellants on vehicle bumpers. "Especially in light of what he's going through right now, from an optics perspective, I think those are the times you need to kind of hunker down and play a little bit of defence and not give any more to the naysayers".

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"Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations". That saga ended with a Friday night announcement in late August, in which Musk said Tesla would remain a publicly traded company.

In the month since Musk abruptly announced on Twitter that he had "funding secured" to take the company private, the shares have lost nearly a third of their value. "These simulations, we might as well call them reality, or you can call them multiverse", Musk mused. The plan was axed just 17 days later. He then backed off from his plan saying Tesla was better off as a public company.

Musk said he had come up with preliminary designs for a supersonic, electric plane that would take off and land vertically. Within an hour of Morton's exit being confirmed, Toledano said she would not return from a leave of absence.

"The use of recreational drugs, legal or not, goes against the unspoken rules of being a public CEO", Gene Munster, a managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures and a longtime Tesla supporter, wrote Friday.

It's not clear whether the reshuffling of executives goes quite that far, but it does address a vacuum that had been developing at the top of the company as several top executives have recently left.

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Later on Friday, Musk announced a series of promotions to fill a variety of open positions including president of automative and vice president of people and places. We are not and have never been shareholders of Tesla or SpaceX.

"There's a reason for the word 'stoned, '" Musk said.

"I mean, it's legal right?" teased the South African billionaire, accepting the dare.

The spring and summer were full of drama for Musk, as he tussled in person and online with analysts, short-sellers and a British diver who helped rescue a team of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

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