Just days after the world accused business magnate, CEO and engineer Elon Musk of Tweeting a highdea (he suggested taking the $48 billion-dollar Tesla public at a share price of $420), the founder has put his own feet to the blaze again after smoking a blunt on Joe Rogan’s weekly podcast.
Thursday night, Musk appeared on Rogan’s show and pontificated on everything from building tunnels 10,000 feet underground to alleviate traffic once and for all – to what it must be like to be the horse tasked with hauling the dead bodies of other horses.
As it turns out, Musk is hardly the proponent of weed the cannabis community had hoped for.
“It’s like a cup of coffee in reverse,” Musk told Rogan after the host fired up a blunt in the studio. In fact Musk appeared to have never seen a blunt in his life. “Is that a cigar?” he asked.
The Tesla founder explained that he’s “not a regular smoker of weed” because he “doesn’t find it’s very good for productivity.”
In light of Musk’s recent image troubles, Rogan raised the question of whether smoking on camera would cause more problems.
“I mean, it’s legal, right?” Musk asked, before taking two drags.
In January, Cannabis was legalized for adult recreational use in California, where the show is recorded.
However, it was mere minutes before Musk’s phone was blowing up.
“I’m getting text messages from friends saying, ‘What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'” he said. He also added the blunt (which they paired with whiskey) didn’t have too much of an effect on him.
Although Musk has admitted he regularly uses the sleep aid Ambian, he has denied he was high on cannabis when he sent the now infamous Aug. 7 ‘$420 per share’ Tweet. If Tesla did go public as Musk intimated there and on a shareholder call, the move would constitute the biggest buyout in history.
As of publication, after the show, Tesla stock (TSLA) had fallen 5.56 percent to 265.34 per share.
However, most industry analysts attribute the dip not to Musk’s pot smoking on YouTube, but to another cause: also today the company announced the resignation of Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton after just one month.
Tesla asserted in a required SEC filing that Morton’s departure was prompted by the “pace within” and “the level of public attention placed on the company.”
Here’s Musk’s (possibly first ever) blunt and the stoner thoughts which followed: