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But that's not it.

On Tuesday, Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton announced his resignation less than a month after taking the job; he started the day before Musk's privatization tweet.

Taking a puff from a joint - which Rogan said was a blend of tobacco and marijuana and is legal in California - Musk said he "almost never" smoked.

Musk stated that technology will be 'indistinguishable from reality, ' and, when prompted by Rogan on whether or not he entertained the idea of a 'simulation, ' appeared to confirm his sentiments.

Many have taken to social media to share their thoughts, opinions, and jokes on Musk's new recreational activities, with many feeling like "there's nothing wrong with" it.

Can I be the only one not terribly reassured by the latter part of that statement from a man who jumped ship after 29 days?

"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".

The whirlwind day, which saw shares fall 6.3 percent, to $263.24, capped a wild month in which Musk surprised his company's board by saying that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private.

In the same breath, Musk said that such a concept "isn't necessary right now" - that he's focused on electric cars, solar power, and energy storage (batteries).

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk was filmed smoking marijuana and wielding a sword on a webcast, just hours before the automaker said its recently-appointed accounting chief would leave, the latest in a string of unusual behaviour and executive departures that have stunned investors. "Many people ask if Elon is still the best CEO for Tesla".

In a Friday blog post on the electric-car company's website, Musk announced Jerome Guillen, an eight-year veteran of the company, will now oversee all automotive operations, program management, and the company's automotive supply chain.

For former Tesla production employee Crystal Guardado, the image of Musk enveloped in a cloud of smoke was particularly jarring, because she says the company fired her in past year for testing positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Musk has found himself at the center of a lot of buzz in recent months, including some questions about whether he's been using drugs - legal or illicit - and he may have provided the answer himself during a Thursday night podcast by comedian Joe Rogan.

"It's time for Tesla and Elon Musk to grow up", said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader.

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

"The team, the skill set that have been phenomenal to create Tesla are not the ones we need for the next stage", said Houchois, who has a US$360 price target on the stock. He took leave from the company in 2015 but rejoined to work on the Semi truck revealed in November of past year.

"It's time for Tesla and Elon Musk to grow up", Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader, said Friday. Buzzfeed News reported earlier in the week that Musk, in an email to the news site, called Unsworth a "child rapist".