Musk Smokes Weed, Drinks Whiskey on California Comedian's Show

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San Francisco - The turmoil at Tesla reached a fever pitch on Friday as news emerged that two senior executives will leave Elon Musk's electric-vehicle (EV) maker, a matter of hours after he smoked marijuana during an hours-long interview with a comedian.

"Is that a joint?"

During the podcast, Mr Rogan offered Mr Musk a joint, which he said contained a mix of tobacco and marijuana - dried leaves and flowering parts of the female cannabis plant.

The spot on one of the most popular podcasts in the USA marks Musk's first appearance in a public forum since he stunned the financial world last month with his short-lived effort to take Tesla private.

Musk has repeatedly expressed concerns about the dangers of unrestrained development of artificial intelligence but says his push for a more cautious, regulated approach has been "futile".

Musk added: "I'm not a regular smoker of weed - nearly never". "I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" he said. Investors who have bet that Tesla's stock price will fall, or "short sellers", also have filed a lawsuit against Tesla and Musk alleging that the take-private proposal was a ruse aimed at lowering the value of their holdings. Considering the recent stock drop, as well as the apparent effects of Musk's little cannabis puff to Tesla shareholders, Albertine noted that the time might be right for Tesla's Board to step in.

"I don't think you would necessarily want to be me; you wouldn't like it that much", Musk quipped. He then backed off from his plan saying Tesla was better off as a public company. Marijuana is legal in California, where the interview took place. Musk did, and the image of the CEO smoking cannabis immediately spread on social media like wildfire. "I know a lot of people like weed and that's fine, but I don't think it's very good for productivity".

"This is insane", Musk said.

Another Twitter commenter pointed out that Elon Musk's SpaceX is a NASA contractor, which has its own regulations on drug use. "This caused me to reconsider my future. Do people get upset at you if you do certain things?"

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