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Elon Musk Smokes Marijuana With Joe Rogan

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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.

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”

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).”

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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