Elon Musk apparently smoked marijuana in live podcast appearance with Joe Rogan

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In a premarket SEC filing, the company said its chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, was quitting, effective immediately.

Tesla Inc shares fell almost nine percent on Friday as the resignation of its chief accounting officer after just a month at work spooked investors amid another social media storm around billionaire chief executive Elon Musk.

And the electric-car maker has been no stranger to controversy this summer: Musk came under fire in early August when he unexpectedly sent out a tweet saying he was considering taking Tesla private, and had the "funding secured". "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton was quoted as saying in a company filing.

Tesla shares, down just 1 per cent after Musk's appearance on the Rogan podcast overnight, fell another 7 per cent after Morton's resignation to US$262.54.

Whatever the intent of his recent public musings, Musk's wobbly behavior appears to be making investors nervous, as evidenced by Friday's decline in Tesla's share price.

Musk smoked marijuana with comedian Joe Rogan at the end of a two-and-half-hour interview on the The Joe Rogan Experience, which featured a wide-ranging discussion on topics including artificial intelligence, the Musk's technological ambitions and personal hardship.

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Musk has admitted that running an electric vehicle and energy company like Tesla is exhausting, and in an interview with the New York Times last month, Musk stated that anyone who could do a better job can take over for him anytime. U.S. regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating whether the tweets may have violated U.S. securities law, according to a report in August by Fox Business Network, citing sources. As for the figure, Musk said that $420 "seemed like better karma" than $419. This followed a report by Bloomberg on Friday that Gabrielle Toledano, head of human resources, would not return to Tesla after a leave of absence.

His responsibilities could include the types of things analysts have said Musk needs a COO to do in running the day-to-day operations of the company.

Speaking of the what lies ahead, Musk said being forever constrained to Earth would not be a good future. Analysts on Friday reiterated their call for Tesla to bring in another senior leader to provide more support as it strives to expand production and potentially raise more capital. In the first quarter of this year, the company lost Morton's predecessor, Eric Branderiz, and Susan Repo, who was treasurer and vice-president of finance.

Musk hit back at Vernon in a weird series of tweets.

It's not clear whether the reshuffling of executives goes quite that far, but it does address a vacuum that had been developing at the top of the company as several top executives have recently left.

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