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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Smokes Cannabis, Drinks Whiskey on Joe Rogan's Live Web Show

It was the latest in a string of unconventional behaviour by Elon Musk, who is also CEO of rocket startup SpaceX.

It was the latest in a string of unconventional behaviour by Elon Musk, who is also CEO of rocket startup SpaceX.

'It's legal right?' he said, before taking a puff.

In a move that marijuana-legalisation activists would love but investors would hate, Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk recently sparked controversy after he smoked a doobie during a live podcast.

The web-show hosted by comedian Joe Rogan was streamed live for about two-and-a-half-hours on Thursday. The Tesla chief, who recently received flak after accusing a UK diver who had been responsible for the impressive rescue of trapped boys in a cave in Thailand recently, spoke about artificial intelligence, social media and more – all while smoking pot. The two men also drank whiskey.

The millionaire, however, said that he rarely smoked weed and that he thought it was not very good for productivity. The ‘joint’ that Musk and Rogan were smoking was made of a blend of marijuana and tobacco, which is completely legal in California. The move is bound to annoy Tesla’s investors, however, who may not all be part of the legalisation rallies in Times Square.

According to a report in Bloomberg, as the video went viral, Tesla Inc.’s shares fell by 1.4 percent before US Exchanges opened on Friday. The company had already been suffering since Musk’s hints in August about taking the company private, only to dissolve the idea later. By evening, stocks had fallen 9 percent.

In between puffs, Musk told Tesla that it was hard to keep a car company alive and that it was one of the hardest endeavours he had ever embarked upon.

However, it was not just Tesla’s investors that were seemingly offended by the act. Many on social media complained of selective celebrity treatment toward privileged billionaires like Musk while others said that it was almost not surprising to see the trigger-happy carman tail controversy.

However, not everyone was critical. Many came out in support of the act and posted messages to show the same.

(This article was originally published on September 8, 2018)

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first published:September 08, 2018, 10:30 IST