Elon Musk smoked marijuana during a taping of Joe Rogan’s podcast on Thursday.
“It’s legal, right?” the Tesla and SpaceX founder asked.
Last month Musk generated headlines by tweeting that he was considering taking Tesla private at a price of $420 per share.
Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018
He later implied to the New York Times that the figure was a reference to marijuana, but that cannabis consumption “is not helpful for productivity.”
“There’s a reason for the word ‘stoned,’” he said. “You just sit there like a stone on weed”
Elon Musk’s worst PR move yet: Dissing marijuana.
“It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419. But I was not on weed, to be clear. Weed is not helpful for productivity. There’s a reason for the word ‘stoned.’ You just sit there like a stone on weed”https://t.co/kjPLlffjT3
— Tom Angell 🌳📰 (@tomangell) August 17, 2018
Tesla stock dropped sharply on Friday, but it is unclear to what extent investors were reacting to Musk’s on-camera cannabis consumption as opposed to the separate news that two senior staffers had departed the company amidst its broader public relations and legal challenges in recent weeks.
Musk replied snidely to an email from the Guardian newspaper asking whether it was a good idea for him to be publicly smoking marijuana while under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over his $420 tweet.
“Guardian is the most insufferable newspaper on planet Earth,” he told the outlet.
When asked in a follow-up message whether Tesla employees must undergo drug testing, the CEO said, “Our policy allows trace amounts of THC during work times, provided they are below the safety limit (much like a minimum alcohol level).”