Musk also told Rogan that Tesla remains his focus, though he did ruminate aloud on a new idea to build an electric airplane that he thinks would be capable of taking off and landing vertically (VTOL), as Harrier jets do. "I don't think you'd necessarily want to be me", he told podcaster Joe Rogan in an interview that lasted more than two hours.
Shortly after smoking, Musk looks at his phone and laughs, telling Rogan he was getting texts from friends asking why he was smoking weed during the interview. "I mean it's legal, right?" asked Musk. Investors who have bet that Tesla's stock price will fall, or "short sellers", also have filed a lawsuit against Tesla and Musk alleging that the take-private proposal was a ruse aimed at lowering the value of their holdings.
He even described the constant flow of ideas in his mind as "a never ending explosion" and said that as a young boy he anxious he might be "insane" as it did not seem to happen to others around him.
Tesla shares plummeted Friday after two executives announced their departures from the company and video of Elon Musk smoking weed and drinking whiskey on a popular podcast began to circulate on social media. Musk responded with, "I mean it's legal, right?"
Of 50 USA sates, recreational cannabis remains illegal in 41 - but it was legalised in California, where the podcast was filmed, in January. "I don't find that it is very good for productivity". "It is sort of like a cup of coffee in reverse". Neither Tesla nor Musk have commented on the Buzzfeed report. Later, Tesla's eccentric CEO tweeted that he was negotiating the go-private deal with buyout firm Silver Lake, investment bank Goldman Sachs and several other firms, including the Saudi Arabian government.
"This is insane", Musk said.
"If you get one of those toy drones and imagine it's 1,000 times heavier - that's not going to make your neighbors happy", he explained. "This caused me to reconsider my future".