Elon Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast on Thursday night where they drank whiskey, discussed AI, samurai swords, lit flamethrowers, and smoked weed. The unique appearance sparked numerous memes of Musk smoking weed (see below), but it also allegedly started an investigation by the U.S. Air Force into Musk’s public marijuana usage.
According to Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, the Air Force is looking into Musk dabbling in the Devil’s lettuce on The Joe Rogan Experience. “SCOOP: After inquiries by @FoxBusiness i am told that the @usairforce has begun to look into @elonmusk’s pot-smoking during @joerogan interview. at issue: @SpaceX is a government contractor and marijuana use is prohibited for people w govt security clearance — stay tuned,” the tweet said.
While marijuana is legal in California, it is not on a federal level. Musk’s SpaceX is a government contractor and doing the pot is a big no-no for individuals with government security clearance.
However, an Air Force spokesperson said, “It’s inaccurate that there is an investigation. We’ll need time to determine the facts and the appropriate process to handle the situation.” If there is an investigation, it is still in the early phases and the military has yet decided if any action will actually be taken. To be fair, that wasn’t an especially hearty puff.
On a company level, there also could be the issue that Musk was representing Tesla during his appearance, that would mean that he was under the influence while at work since he smoked weed and drank alcohol.
Meanwhile at Tesla, the company’s stock dropped. Not only did the video of the car company’s CEO smoking doobs rattle investors, but Tesla lost two high-ranking employees this week.
“Tesla’s now former chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, quit the company after concluding CEO Elon Musk wasn’t interested in accounting details around a potential take-private transaction,” reports CNBC. Morton, who was previously Seagate’s CFO, quit less than a month after taking the position with Tesla.
Also, Tesla’s head of human resources Gabrielle Toledano resigned. She was already on a leave of absence, but said she would not be working for the company any longer.
Tesla shares were down 6 percent at Friday’s close and the stock lost more than 11 percent on the week.
Then came the jokes and dank memes of Elon Musk smoking weed.