Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

Elon Musk smokes a blunt live on You Tube with podcaster Joe Rogan

The YouTube interview came as Dave Morton, Tesla's chief accounting officer, stood down and Gabrielle Toledano, the firm's human resources chief, told Bloomberg she also planned to leave Tesla.

Tesla shares were volatile Friday morning amid a flawless storm of chaotic news for the embattled electric carmaker.

He has denied he was smoking weed when he sent his now infamous tweet on August 7 claiming he had secured funding to take Tesla private. Morton stated that "the level of public attention placed on the company" and "the pace within the company" caused him to reconsider his future.

Overall, Morton appears to have parted ways with Tesla amicably, stating that he still believes in the company's overall mission, as well as its future prospects.

Embattled Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast Thursday night for a sprawling two-and-a-half hour long interview which culminated in the pair sharing a huge tobacco-infused marijuana joint.

At one point, Musk and Rogan shared a spliff, though Musk said doesn't make a habit of smoking weed, which he called "a cup of coffee in reverse". Later, Musk says he doesn't notice any effect from the joint.

Musk explained that he's "not a regular smoker of weed" because he "doesn't find it's very good for productivity".

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Later on Friday, Tesla named a new president of automotive operations, promoting eight-year Tesla employee and former Daimler truck exec Jerome Guillen into the role overseeing all automotive operations and reporting to Musk.

Two weeks after the collapse of a plan to buy out the company's public shareholders, the electric-car maker has again been plunged into turmoil.

Elon Musk, founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, arrives at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II in Hawthorne, California, U.S., August 27, 2017.

However, Musk admitted that "the electric airplane isn't necessary right now", as he is focusing on other things, including the many issues he's dealing with at Tesla right now.

"I've thought about this quite a lot", Musk said of his electric aircraft idea.

Asked about the wisdom of smoking marijuana while he is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the take private tweet (which many observers suspected was a marijuana joke), Musk told the Guardian by email: "Guardian is the most insufferable newspaper on planet Earth". Morton, who joined Tesla on August 6, was quoted in a company filing on Friday saying he believes "strongly" in Tesla and that he had no disagreements with the company's leadership or its financial reporting. Since the start of the year, 41 executives have left, according to CNBC.

And investors have remained on edge as the stock declines - it closed Friday at $263.24 - and Musk continues to draw attention away from strategic priorities, often through impulsive outbursts on Twitter.

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