Elon Musk may have violated Tesla's business conduct policy by smoking weed

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke marijuana briefly on camera during a podcast appearance, fueling critics who say that his behavior is becoming increasingly concerning and erratic.

The spot on one of the most popular podcasts in the US marks Musk's first appearance in a public forum since he stunned the financial world last month with his short-lived effort to take Tesla private. Musk asked. "It's marijuana inside of tobacco", said Rogan, and asked if Musk had ever had it.

Musk covered topics in the interview ranging Tesla and SpaceX to what he perceives are the dangers of artificial intelligence.

Musk stunned investors a month back with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 per share.

Morton's departure further roiled the company which has been under heightened scrutiny since Musk's chaotic announcement on August 7 on Twitter that he was considering taking Tesla private, a plan that was reversed two weeks later.

This isn't the first time there's been concern about Musk's drug use. It's safe to assume that members of Tesla's finance team were working overtime on issues related to the proposal during Morton's month at Tesla.

Philippe Houchois, an analyst at Jefferies Group with a hold rating on Tesla shares, said that Musk "seems to be on a slightly self-destructive bent".

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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.

Video for the podcast is below, and the smoking begins about 2 hours and 10 minutes into the interview.

"It's easy to demonise people, you're usually wrong about it, people are nicer than you think". "Especially auto companies", Musk said.

Earlier this week Musk escalated his baseless attacks against British diver Vernon Unsworth, claiming that the man who helped rescue children from a cave in Thailand was a "child rapist" in an email to a reporter.

"Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said at the time in comments revealed in the regulatory filing Friday.

"I don't think most people would like to be me", said Musk.

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