The billionaire entrepreneur appeared to smoke marijuana toward the end of a more than two-and-half-hour live interview Thursday on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. The conversation touched on everything from to electric cars to .
"I think I tried one once," said Musk, when asked if he had ever smoked a mix of weed and tobacco. "I mean, it's legal right?" Musk then took a single puff from an offered joint, which Rogan said contained marijuana and tobacco. The interview was filmed in Los Angeles, where marijuana is legal under state law.
It's unusual for a CEO of a public company to smoke weed on camera, but this is just the latest instance of atypical CEO behavior. In July, Musk tweeted that a British diver who helped with the rescue of a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave was a "pedo guy." His original tweet was deleted, but Musk has revived the unsupported claim multiple times. Musk also caused a stir when he tweeted in August that he wanted to take Tesla private. This reportedly led to an SEC investigation.
While Musk's recent action may have raised concerns, some Tesla board members are aware that he has on occasion used recreational drugs, reported The New York Times in August.
"I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" Musk said later on in the Rogan interview. "I'm not a regular smoker of weed… I know a lot of people like weed, and that's fine. But I don't think it's very good for productivity. Not for me."
Musk's representative didn't respond to a request for comment.
On Friday, had been on a leave of absence since last month.that both the company's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, and its head of human resources, Gabrielle Toledano, were leaving the electric carmaker. Morton gave notice on Tuesday of this week, less than a month into his tenure. Toledano joined Tesla in May 2017, but
Musk's interview with Rogan, where the jokes caught fire. "Elon Musk" was trending Friday morning in the US, with people expressing some mixed reactions.
First published Sept. 7, 8:08 a.m. PT.
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