Tesla shares tumble after Elon Musk smokes weed on comedian live webcast

Tesla shares tumble after Elon Musk smokes weed on comedian live webcast

But that's not it.

Tesla on Friday also saw the recent departure of its chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, and its head of human resources, Gabrielle Toledano, according to The Verge.

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 interview with The New York Times while the gambit was still in play, Musk didn't deny a connection.

"The electric airplane isn't necessary right now", Musk told Rogan.

Over the past month, Musk has been embroiled in a series of controversies and media scandals surrounding his attempt to take Tesla private at $420 per share. I've been around people smoking pot since I was a teenager and I think it is a lot like alcohol.

He said his decision to quit was due to the higher-than-expected "level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company".

"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", the Tesla chief executive told Rogan and his podcast listeners. Tesla is now worth roughly $21 billion less than it was in the immediate aftermath of Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet. "You probably can't because stockholders, right?"

We got to see just that, a spike and a drop in just a few days, all from the possibly illegal Elon Musk Tweet that was posted exactly a month ago today.

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Bloomberg also reported Tesla's chief people officer Gaby Toledano would not return from a holiday just over a year after joining.

"We're really playing a insane game here with the atmosphere and the oceans", Musk said.

Tesla shares dropped sharply Friday after the electric-car company disclosed that its chief of accounting was leaving the company only weeks after coming aboard.

Shortly after smoking the joint - which the host noted was legal in California - Mr Musk looked at his phone and laughed, saying he was getting texts from friends asking why he was smoking weed during the interview.

Morton joined the electric vehicle company the day before Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private, causing stocks to soar and prompting and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation from over whether he had funding secured, as he had stated.

"You kind of have to be optimistic about the future", said Musk, the head of the private rocket company SpaceX as well as Tesla.

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. I believe it is fine if it is done responsibly and appropriately and I am pleased that it is becoming legal in many states around the country.

"It's time for Tesla and Elon Musk to grow up", Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader, said Friday.

Earlier this week Musk escalated his baseless attacks against the British diver Vernon Unsworth, claiming that the man who helped rescue children from a Thailand cave was a "child rapist".

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