Elon Musk apparently smoked marijuana in live podcast; Tesla stock down

Elon Musk apparently smoked marijuana in live podcast; Tesla stock down

Elon Musk apparently smoked marijuana in live podcast; Tesla stock down

"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", Morton said in his resignation letter.

Morton left Seagate Technology(STX) - where, according to company filings, he made some $5 million in 2017 salary and other compensation - to join Tesla.

Musk smoked marijuana with comedian Joe Rogan at the end of a two-and-half-hour interview on the "The Joe Rogan Experience", which featured a wide-ranging discussion on topics including artificial intelligence, the Tesla chief executive's technological ambitions and personal hardship. Musk may have even violated Tesla company policy, according to CNBC. Musk told Rogan that captaining Tesla is the hardest of all his endeavors - and his endeavors include space travel. Shortly after, HR head Gabrielle Toledano, who'd taken a leave of absence last month, also said she wouldn't return.

Tesla representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Guardado's claims.

Musk then said: "I'm not a regular smoker of weed".

The departures came after CEO Elon Musk gave a wide-ranging, almost three-hour interview to podcast host Joe Rogan and addressed topics ranging from his job at Tesla to the the end of the world.

Musk also warned that there would be "a lot of fuss and noise in the media" in the near term, seemingly an acknowledgement of the fallout from a 2 1/2-hour on-camera interview he participated in just hours earlier with comedy host Joe Rogan.

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"I want to be clear that I believe strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, and I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting", the company quoted Morton as saying in a filing. "I don't actually notice any effect ..."

The latest round of executive departures comes after Elon Musk opted to walk away from his initiative to take the company private last month.

The latest drop in Tesla's stock has caused Consumer Edge analyst James Albertine to call for the company to appoint another senior leader to support Elon Musk.

"Defendant Musk artificially manipulated the price of Tesla securities with objectively false tweets in order to "burn" the company's short-sellers", Left said, stressing that Musk's actions violated federal securities laws. "We think this is further evidence that the time is now for management and the Board to address these issues", Albertine said.

As of writing, Tesla stock is down 6.64% at $263.13 per share.

Elon Musk announced some major executive changes at Tesla, shuffling in a new president to oversee automotive operations, a new Gigafactory vice president in charge of ramping up Model 3 production, and a new duo to lead Tesla's human-resources division.

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