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Tesla shares sink after key executives exit

Tesla shares sink after key executives exit

The 47- year-old billionaire spent two and a half hours on a podcast late Thursday discussing everything from artificial intelligence and its impact on humankind to flame throwers and social media.

Towards the end, Rogan lit what he described as a joint containing tobacco and cannabis - which is legal in California - and offered it to Musk.

"C'mon, man. You probably can't because of stockholders, right?" After considering it for about 3-4 seconds, Elon Musk says "I mean it's legal, right?" and takes it for a little puff himself.

Asked about the wisdom of smoking marijuana while he is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the take private tweet (which many observers suspected was a marijuana joke), Musk told the Guardian by email: "Guardian is the most insufferable newspaper on planet Earth". Both Rogan and Musk are based in California, which this year became the largest US state to legalize the recreational use of weed. The controversial electric-car company was also hit with the departure of two key executives. Musk also gave broad details about how the plane would be powered. They both giggled and Musk said, "That would be great". The chairman and CEO of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., among other companies, recently gave an emotional interview to The New York Times in which he said friends were anxious about exhaustion.

Tesla's stock dropped 6 percent in Friday's pre-market session, trading around $263.55 at time of publication.

"A lot of people don't like humanity and think it is a blight, but I don't", he said.

"The interesting thing about an electric plane is that you want to go as high as possible, but you need a certain energy density in the battery pack, because you have to overcome gravitational potential energy", he continued.

On Friday the company announced that Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton resigned after a month on the job, citing public attention and the fast pace of the post.

Rogan found Musk's response dubious.

"There are so many rumours and problems about Tesla that we stay sceptical concerning the Tesla shares".

A Tesla spokesperson wasn't immediately available to comment.

"I don't think most people would like to be me", said Musk. "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future".