Elon Musk Smokes Weed, Talks Electric Plane Designs on Joe Rogan Podcast

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The Tesla's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, resigned Tuesday after only a month on the job. Gabrielle Toledano, vice president of human resources, announced that she would not be returning after her leave of absence.

And the electric-car maker has been no stranger to controversy this summer: Musk came under fire in early August when he unexpectedly sent out a tweet saying he was considering taking Tesla private, and had the "funding secured".

Tesla's Elon Musk provoked another Twitter storm on Friday by briefly smoking marijuana on a live web show with comedian Joe Rogan. "We think this is further evidence that the time is now for management and the Board to address these issues", Albertine said.

Of his past experiences with smoking, the actor had this to say:"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", he mused.

The podcast episode arrived at a tumultuous moment for Tesla and Musk. Shares soared on the news, eventually rising more than 10 percent (the Nasdaq briefly halted trading to ensure the tweet was legitimate). But a lot of the "public attention" Tesla received during Morton's brief tenure was focused on the possibility of Tesla going private.

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With Tesla's stock falling to its lowest level since April, short sellers added 810,000 shares to their positions, bringing the total as of Thursday to about 32.6 million shares, according to S3 Partners, a financial technology and analytics firm.

Musk had previously apologised for his comments about Mr Unsworth, who helped with the globally-documented rescue of a young football team from caves in Thailand, but repeated the claims this week.

Musk's behaviour has raised concerns about his leadership and several Wall Street analysts have called for the company to appoint a strong deputy to prop up Tesla's operations and standing with investors.

Musk touched on the difficulties of having the kind of brain that has enabled him to build and run multiple high-tech companies at the same time. But Tesla has said that the departures are at a rate typical of any large company. In the first quarter of this year, the company lost Morton's predecessor, Eric Branderiz, and Susan Repo, who was treasurer and vice-president of finance. Morton's term of service happened to be a particularly unfortunate month, beginning just the day before Musk announced the stock privatization plan that fizzled out.

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