Elon Musk's 'Jarring' Move: Taking Puff of Joint on Video

Says his brain is like a 'never-ending explosion' in Joe Rogan podcast
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2018 8:30 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2018 10:43 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Elon Musk has a word of caution for anyone who envies his lifestyle. "I don't think you'd necessarily want to be me," he told podcaster Joe Rogan in an interview that lasted more than two hours. "I don't think people would like it that much." One big reason is that his brain is "a never-ending explosion" of ideas that he finds hard to turn off, per CNN. Musk touched on all manner of things in the interview, but he's drawing the most attention for taking a puff of a marijuana-tobacco joint handed to him by Rogan. Related coverage, including the departure of two high-ranking Tesla execs:

  • The pot: "I mean it's legal, right?" asked Musk in accepting the joint. (The interview was done in California, where recreational pot is, in fact, legal. See the pot-smoking here.) Musk, though, says he almost never indulges in the stuff. "I don't find that it's very good for productivity," he said. "It is sort of like a cup of coffee in reverse." Musk also had some whiskey during the interview.
  • Questionable? A story at the Wall Street Journal sees the public puff as "jarring" given the context: It "involved the chief executive of a large publicly traded corporation, but also one who is under immense scrutiny for his occasional public outbursts."
  • 2 big departures: The interview is out along with news that Tesla's chief accountant quit just a month into the job, reports Business Insider. However, Dave Morton said he's leaving only because the pace and the public scrutiny are more intense than he expected. "I believe strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, and I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting." Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that human resources chief Gaby Toledano will not return from a leave of absence that began last month.

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