Tesla erupts in chaos after senior executives leave, Musk tokes up

Judy Cobb
September 8, 2018

His departure comes at a time when Tesla is reeling from a series of incidents that have raised questions about the leadership of Mr. Musk, as the auto maker struggles to meet its production goals and continues to lose money and burn cash.

"I've thought about this quite a lot, quite a lot", Musk said of the electric jet design, according to The Verge. Shortly after, HR head Gabrielle Toledano, who'd taken a leave of absence last month, also said she wouldn't return.

Tesla Inc's chief accounting officer resigned after just a month on Friday and a second senior executive was reported to be leaving as well, hours after chief executive officer Elon Musk smoked marijuana on a live webcast.

Elon Musk smokes a cigarette described as containing tobacco and marijuana during a chat on "The Joe Rogan Experience", a popular YouTube talk show.

"I mean, it's legal, right?" asked the Tesla founder, before taking a drag on the joint.

"I think I tried one once", Musk replied with a laugh.

Shares of Tesla slumped 8.3 percent in pre-market trading to $257.80.

Running Tesla is his "hardest" job, he told Rogan.

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"Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication", Musk said on Twitter. Morton saw an opportunity to work with a visionary such as Musk and make life easier for him by helping with some of the necessary housekeeping, according to people familiar with Morton's thinking.

The weed could be the smoking gun showing Musk violated his company's policy.

His departure came as Tesla faces the prospect of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into Musk's aborted plan.

The stock for Tesla, where Musk is CEO, took a dive Friday following the news of Musk's public use of marijuana making the rounds, along with other bad news for Tesla.

Tesla's stock and bond prices dropped on Wednesday - linked to the row over Musk's comments about Mr Unsworth but also following an unveiling by Mercedes that presents a challenge to the electric vehicle maker.

It's not the first time Musk has been asked about weed in recent weeks.

Shockingly this was nearly a complete blindside to the board of directors at Tesla and just two weeks after that tweet Musk recanted and did his best to explain why he had claimed he had funding "secured". So it wasn't a huge surprise - to JRE fans, at least - that this type of casual drug-consumption would happen.

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