Tesla stock falls as CEO appears to smoke marijuana on video

Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

Elon Musk smokes joint during live interview in latest episode of series of bizarre behaviour

On Friday morning, Tesla announced that Dave Morton, its chief accounting officer, had tendered his resignation on Tuesday - less than a month after he had joined the company.

"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", Morton added. Tesla's head of Human Services, Gabrielle Toledano, is also taking her leave, Bloomberg said.

Shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. tumbled over 9 percent as the markets opened Friday, Sept. 7, after the CEO smoked marijuana during a YouTube video podcast and the company’s accounting chief left after a month on the job.

"It's legal right?" Musk asked, before Rogan said it was "totally legal" and the entrepreneur took a drag of the cigarette.

Musk has security clearance because another of his companies, SpaceX, provides satellite launch services to the USA government. Yet the incident could revive questions about whether Musk is the right person to lead Tesla. But Tesla has said that the departures are at a rate typical of any large company. Tesla is now worth roughly $21 billion less than it was in the immediate aftermath of Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.

Since Mr Musk announced his plan to delist Tesla, its share price has dropped by 20%. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson reportedly encouraged parents to smoke joints with their children.

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Musk also told Rogan it was "wrong" and "dangerous" for people to buy the flamethrowers he sold earlier this year, and he said that The Boring Company, his tunnel-construction firm, "started out as a joke".

Musk already alarmed some Tesla investors by admitting in an emotional interview last month with The New York Times that he takes the prescription drug Ambien because he has difficulty sleeping. Marijuana is legal for medical and recreational use in California, where the interview was recorded.

That move, described in a company blog with several other promotions as a result of board and management discussions, gives Musk a seasoned auto industry veteran to lean on at a time when some investors have called for a new chief operating officer.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has had an unusual 2018 as far as it goes for chief executives. Musk asked his host after he took out a large joint and lit it up. What I'm saying is that when Musk is bad the tweets are good, and here are the best ones from today's well-deserved social media dogpile.

Regarding Tesla's chief accounting officer's departure, the executive released a statement in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

And some, in true Twitter fashion, used the occasion for sarcasm.

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