Tesla Stock Falls as CEO Appears to Smoke Marijuana on Video

Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

"Since I joined Tesla on August 6, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said in the filing.

During his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, which drew a lot of attention because Musk was sipping whisky and smoking marijuana in his first live interview since he tweeted that he was taking Tesla private, Musk and Rogan discussed artificial intelligence, flamethrowers, Tesla, smart homes, and solar energy.

Musk admitted on "The Joe Rogan Experience" that running a company like Tesla is intense and tricky, saying, "It's very hard to keep a auto company alive".

Even before the announcement of Morton's departure, the company's shares were already seeing a slight decline in Friday's pre-market trading as reports of Elon Musk's behavior in a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan emerged.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk at a news conference on February 6.

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

Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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"I have a design for a plane", Musk said, going on to drop a few details about his latest initiative, an electric airplane that could fly at supersonic speeds and incorporate vertical take-off and landing technology. In the Rogan interview Thursday night, Musk talked about thinking he was insane when he was 5 or 6 years old because so many ideas were forming in his head. "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said in the filing.

Running a vehicle company is hard. Last month, Musk ignited controversy by announcing on Twitter that a deal to take Tesla private was all but certain, only to abandon the plan 17 days later.

"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", he added.

Some analysts have urged the firm to appoint another senior leader.

Shockingly this was nearly a complete blindside to the board of directors at Tesla and just two weeks after that tweet Musk recanted and did his best to explain why he had claimed he had funding "secured".

"We think this is further evidence that the time is now for management and the board to address these issues".

Andrew Left, an investor at Citron Research in Beverly Hills with a short position in Tesla stock, this week filed a class-action suit against the company, claiming that Musk's "funding secured" tweet had illegally burned short sellers. The report, which was published by electric car-themed news site InsideEVs, estimated that the Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X, were the Top 3 electric cars in the U.S. in August.

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