Elon Musk smokes weed in California-based podcast appearance

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Tech tycoon Elon Musk sipped whiskey, smoked weed and suggested "love is the answer" to humanity's woes as he appeared on a two-hour podcast with comedian Joe Rogan. As a result, Tesla stock is down almost five percent on Friday morning.

Joe Rogan Experience/YouTubeElon Musk smokes weed on the "Joe Rogan Experience".

Musk admitted on "The Joe Rogan Experience" that running a company like Tesla is intense and tricky, saying, "It's very hard to keep a vehicle company alive".

The tech entrepreneur continued by assuring viewers that he is "not a regular smoker of weed", since it's not "very good for productivity". "I don't actually notice any effect ..."

Friday is also the last day at the company for Sarah O'Brien, Tesla's vice president of communications, per a planned departure. "Maybe he is the best Chief Marketing Officer and Tesla needs a strong new CEO", analyst Frank Schwope at NORD/LB said.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk at a news conference on February 6. Not only did Musk not have any kind of written funding deal, many Tesla investors saw little upside in approving a deal that would reduce Tesla's transparency and the liquidity of Tesla stock. "It's very hard to keep a vehicle company alive", Musk said.

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"Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Tesla's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, wrote in his resignation letter, according to a regulatory filing.

Musk also warned about humans' dependence on fossil fuels, which he called " the dumbest experiment in human history".

And engineers are not the only culprits, Starship Technologies' food-delivery robots are sometimes kicked by members of the public, the company's cofounder told Business Insider in June. "That would help a lot", Musk said when asked about the issues holding back innovation. "When I was 5 or 6 or something, I thought I was insane", he said.

"I'm not saying it's going to be successful", Musk said, though he noted it has already dug a mile-long tunnel under the streets of Los Angeles.

The tumult comes as Tesla has been ramping up production of its Model 3 electric vehicle, which is seen as a make-or-break effort for the company.

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