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But that's not it.

But even the notion of a marijuana-smoking chief executive seemed less disturbing to Tesla watchers than the departure of Dave Morton, the accounting chief, whose immediate resignation was reported Friday in a securities filing. While he said he was "not a regular smoker of weed", he took a drag from what Rogan described as a blunt containing tobacco mixed with marijuana, which is legal in California. His past jokes about tweeting after taking Ambien and drinking wine didn't seem so amusing anymore, and he defended his use of the prescription sleep aid in a New York Times interview.

With all of that disclosure, I want to share the video of Elon's appearance on Joe Rogan Experience as the video of this week. I've been around people smoking pot since I was a teenager and I think it is a lot like alcohol.

"Since I joined Tesla on August 6, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said on Friday in a statement included in a filling with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That saga ended with a Friday night announcement in late August, in which Musk said Tesla would remain a publicly traded company.

After the markets closed Friday, Tesla published a blog post by Musk that announced the promotions of seven Tesla employees, promised new products and asked his company's supporters to ignore negative media reports.

While many did not see issue with Musk's inhaling, others noted that his Tesla company dropping a few stock points was a rather unfortunate side effect. Within an hour of Morton's exit being confirmed, Toledano said she would not return from a leave of absence.

Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but Musk had previously dismissed questions about whether he used the drug.

Morton joined the electric vehicle company the day before Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private, causing stocks to soar and prompting and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation from over whether he had funding secured, as he had stated.

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Almost a dozen top executives have left Tesla this year.

Clips of the unexpected smoke break have quickly gone viral, catching the attention of Musk's friends and business partners.

The 47-year-old sat down with Rogan for an expansive two-and-a-half-hour interview, covering topics from AI to flame-throwers to social media, before the host kicked back and started to smoke up.

Tesla shares dropped sharply Friday after the electric-car company disclosed that its chief of accounting was leaving the company only weeks after coming aboard.

"You kind of have to be optimistic about the future", Musk said.

The spring and summer were full of drama for Musk, as he tussled in person and online with analysts, short-sellers and a British diver who helped rescue a team of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Tesla reached that level in late June, but did so by working around the clock and hastily adding a third assembly line in a big tent outside its factory in Fremont, California - a measure that auto-manufacturing experts had never seen before.