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Elon Musk found himself in the middle of another controversy on Friday, after he smoked weed and sipped whiskey during a rather unusual Thursday night podcast hosted by comedian Joe Rogan - with some suggesting the eccentric billionaire had acted irresponsibly.

Musk stunned investors last month with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 (£323) a share. When Rogan asked Musk if he had tried cannabis before, Musk stated that he thinks he "tried one once".

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock tanked on Friday, amid reports that its chief accounting officer and human resources chief resigned.

Musk sipped whiskey and smoked marijuana during a more than two-and-a-half-hour podcast with comedian Joe Rogan late on Thursday that touched on everything from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe.

"Assuming that the South African-born businessman would not accept, the podcast host asked: "'You probably can't do this because of stockholders, right?" Shares of the carmaker fell 1.4 percent in trading before USA exchanges opened.

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Musk said he had come up with preliminary designs for a supersonic, electric plane that would take off and land vertically. At one point, Rogan, who was smoking cannabis, invited Elon Musk to take a puff. The stock has plunged 31 percent since Musk floated the idea of taking the auto maker off the public market, lopping billions of dollars off the company's market value.

Tesla's stock and bond prices dropped on Wednesday - linked to the row over Musk's comments about Mr Unsworth but also following an unveiling by Mercedes that presents a challenge to the electric vehicle maker. That tweet prompted controversy and an SEC investigation.

Shares of electric vehicle pioneer Tesla Inc. Keep this in mind, Mr. Morton was due a $10 million dollar new hire grant that would vest after four years with the company, and he willingly walked away from it.

Along the way, Musk drew a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which already had been scrutinizing the public pronouncements he's made regarding manufacturing goals and sales targets.

In addition to Morton and Toledano, the company has recently lost a number of other top executives, including Doug Field, who left his job as Tesla senior vice president of engineering in July and returned to Apple where he had previously worked.

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