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Elon Musk sipped whiskey and smoked marijuana during a two-and-a-half-hour podcast with comedian Joe Rogan that touched upon everything from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe.

The latest guest on the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Musk talked to the former Fear Factor host-turned-libertarian media star for three hours, touching on subjects from stockholder expectations to electric jets.

Musk has said the company is producing more than 5,000 Model 3 electric cars per week, and cash generated from the sales will bring sustained quarterly profits.

Recreational marijuana use is legal under California law, but federal law still considers it a crime.

Along with his electric vehicle company, Musk heads up space exploration firm Space X, tunnel construction firm The Boring Company, and Neuralink, which works on augmenting human brains with artificial intelligence.

Shortly after smoking in the video, Mr Musk looks at his phone and laughs, telling Rogan he is getting texts from friends asking why he is smoking weed during the interview.

The interview was punctuated by long pauses and flashing eye movement by Musk after he was asked questions.

Some observers have said Tesla could be helped with a strong number-two executives, but Friday's departures create additional gaps in Tesla's ranks.

Mr Morton, who joined Tesla on 6 August, resigned on 4 September.

Tesla shares were trading down almost 7 percent at $261.45 at the time of publication Friday. Tesla's head of Human Services, Gabrielle Toledano, is also taking her leave, Bloomberg said.

In an interview with The New York Times, Musk denied the allegations. "This caused me to reconsider my future". For a Factbox on executive departures, see: Even before Musk's surprise August 7 Twitter disclosure that he had funding "secured" for a go-private deal, Tesla had been under scrutiny from investors, analysts and short-sellers as it works to hit production targets and slow its cash burn. He added that he still believed in Tesla, that "I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting".

Aside from the weed, Musk also touted a couple weapons on the show's set, including a flamethrower and a Katana that Rogan claims is hundreds of years old.

Tesla stock has lost a third of its value since August 7, the day Musk announced the go-private plan.

The circumstances surrounding the go-private, no-go-private episode have reportedly drawn heightened scrutiny from SEC investigators.

Jerome Guillen, an eight-year veteran of the company, will now oversee all automotive operations, program management, and the company's automotive supply chain, and report directly to Musk.

The turnover among top executives should concern investors who wanted more stability at Tesla, said John Wilson, head of research and corporate governance at Cornerstone Capital Group.


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