High there: Reaction to Elon Musk smoking pot is snarky, blunt

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His responsibilities could include the types of things analysts have said Musk needs a COO to do in running the day-to-day operations of the company.

Denning took aim at Musk's Thursday appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast, which included a segment in which Musk sounded more like a high college student than the CEO of a massive tech conglomerate. Not only did Musk not have any kind of written funding deal, many Tesla investors saw little upside in approving a deal that would reduce Tesla's transparency and the liquidity of Tesla stock.

Watch the full, two and a half hour interview below.

"So is that a joint?"

During the course of a wide-ranging chat with Rogan, Musk drank whiskey and tried a marijuana-and-tobacco cigarette proffered by the comedian. The newspaper said two people familiar with the automaker's board expressed concern about his workload and use of the prescription sleeping drug Ambien.

"You probably can't (smoke marijuana) because of stockholders, right?"

"I mean, it's legal right?" teased the South African billionaire, accepting the dare.

"You getting text messages from chicks?"

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Musk works so many hours that employees have found him sleeping under tables at Tesla's facilities, they say. He added that he "almost never" smoked marijuana. What I'm saying is that when Musk is bad the tweets are good, and here are the best ones from today's well-deserved social media dogpile.

In recent months, the adjectives surrounding Musk have taken a sharp turn towards the less grand: erratic, mercurial, wonky, unpredictable, blowhard. The price dipped as low as $254.02 before rebounding to the $260-$270 range at midday.

Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton tendered his resignation this past Tuesday according to an 8K filing that was released early this morning before trading opened up. He took leave from the company in 2015 but rejoined to work on the Semi truck revealed in November of previous year.

"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 in a securities filing.

"I've thought about this quite a lot, quite a lot", Musk said of the electric jet design, according to The Verge. "I want to be clear that I believe strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, and I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting".

The circumstances surrounding the go-private, no-go-private episode have reportedly drawn heightened scrutiny from SEC investigators.

On Friday, the head of Tesla's Human Resources department, Gabrielle Toledano, announced she would not return from a leave scheduled in June.

But what got investors really upset were new questions about the revolving cast of executives at electric-car maker Tesla.