Elon Musk Smokes Weed With Joe Rogan -- And It's All On Camera
Business magnate Elon Musk is a provocateur, and he met his match in comedian Joe Rogan. On Rogan's podcast, Musk made news by apparently taking a hit off Rogan's marijuana.
The stock for Tesla, where Musk is CEO, took a dive Friday following the news of Musk's public use of marijuana making the rounds, along with other bad news for Tesla. Musk may have even violated Tesla company policy, according to CNBC.
As for the podcast, alcohol was already flowing early in the conversation -- Rogan pulled out whiskey. Later, at a little over two hours into the nearly three-hour podcast taping, Rogan lights up.
Musk asks, "Is that a joint? Or is it a cigar?"
Rogan explains that it's marijuana inside of tobacco. When asked if he'd ever had one, Musk replied that he thought he'd had one once.
Rogan asks if he wants some, but adds that Musk probably can't because of stockholders, almost daring him. (Looks like Joe was right!)
But Musk replies, "I mean, it's legal, right?" Rogan adds that it's totally legal.
As Musk examines Rogan's blunt, Rogan asks if people get upset at Musk when he does certain things. (Um, yeah, we read social media, so we think so.)
Then, Musk appears to take a hit as Rogan continues explaining that there's tobacco and marijuana inside. Musk follows by shrugging his shoulders at the experience, apparently unimpressed.
Musk goes on to say that alcohol's really a drug too, but that it's been grandfathered in, which leads Rogan to extol the virtues of alcohol in moderation.
Musk didn't seem to be worried about the podcast coming out -- he tweeted it himself:
As mentioned, the reasons for the stock dropping go beyond Musk smoking marijuana -- including two Tesla executives resigning. The stock was already down 7 percent this week, according to CNBC, and President Trump's announcement Friday of additional tariffs on China sent the Dow Jones average down as well.
This follows other bad news for Tesla, and Musk coming under fire for things including what he says on Twitter.
Of course, others came to Musk's defense on Twitter, praising the interview:
Only do these types of long form, unedited, unrushed, unconstrained conversations where people get to hear you speak directly and in depth for yourself. Never...ever...agree to another interview that a supposed journalist can edit and manipulate.— Rocky (@RockyPruitt) September 7, 2018
This was our guy being himself. He’s good. All good. Huge heart and even better brain. All for it.— Welcome back home Inspiration 4!!!! ♥️💙🚀 (@AgencyOfCentra1) September 7, 2018
Makes a refreshing change from the same dull, unresearched questions being trotted out ad infinitum. “So, why Mars?” 🙄 Love longform conversations like this where ideas get really probed, humour comes into play etc. Whiskey helps!— Gen Williams (@genwilliams) September 7, 2018
You can watch the full video of the podcast here -- Musk smokes up around 2 hours and 10 minutes in:
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