Tesla (TSLA) plunges 6% amid new executive departures, Musk’s behavior during podcast

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San Francisco - The turmoil at Tesla reached a fever pitch on Friday as news emerged that two senior executives will leave Elon Musk's electric-vehicle (EV) maker, a matter of hours after he smoked marijuana during an hours-long interview with a comedian. "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton was quoted as saying in a company filing.

Following Musk's interview with Rogan, as well as the recent resignation of a chief accounting officer, Tesla stock dropped 9 percent.

Elon Musk sparked concern with shareholders after smoking marijuana live web show with U.S. comedian Joe Rogan late Thursday night while discussing a plethora of random subjects, including artificial, flame throwers and social media.

Meanwhile, investors were digesting a video, associated with a podcast, in which Elon Musk appeared to smoke a marijuana-tobacco combination, which is legal in California but nevertheless came as Tesla directors have expressed concern about Musk's behavior.

"There's a reason for the word 'stoned, '" Musk said. Musk told Rogan that captaining Tesla is the hardest of all his endeavors - and his endeavors include space travel. In May, two executives, a VP and a product director departed Tesla's energy unit.

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Musk asks, "Is that a joint?"

Joe Rogan, host of his podcast 'The Joe Rogan Experience, ' discussed a plethora of topics with Elon Musk, including the idea that technology could lead to a Matrix-like simulation in the future.

Musk's representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Musk took the already-lit blunt from Rogan and had one puff, but it appears that he did not inhale, meaning he likely did not feel the effects of marijuana.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk at a news conference on February 6.

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Tesla's chief accountant, Dave Morton, resigned Tuesday after just a month at the company, the automaker disclosed on Friday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. I appreciate his ingenuity and creativity and we like the Tesla products we own.

He said accomplishing things and being useful to others kept him going, as he urged others to spend less time on social media.

"In the aftermath of his controversial announcement, Musk told the New York Times that he was not smoking weed when he posted the "$420" tweet, and that he believes "weed is not helpful for productivity".

Especially weird moments involving the Tesla chief of late include disparaging remarks about Vernon Unsworth, a Briton who helped save boys trapped in a Thai cave and the abrupt shutdown of Wall Street analyst's questions during a contentious earnings conference call.

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