Elon Musk revealed in an interview published on Thursday that his use of marijuana in The Joe Rogan Experience has created a nightmare for his company.
Musk was smoking marijuana in a 2018 episode of Rogan’s show, saying he was not a regular user himself and asked if it was legal.
After puffing on the joint, the tech mogul gave it back.
In California, where the podcast was recorded, recreational marijuana use is legal, but SpaceX maintains federal contracts and marijuana use is illegal under federal law.
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Musk told the “Full Send” podcast earlier this week that the federal government began giving him and other SpaceX employees random drug tests “to prove I’m not a drug addict.”
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“I got a lot of feedback,” Musk told the podcast. “It was pretty crazy actually.
“Because SpaceX has a contract with the federal government – and it’s still federally illegal. So the SpaceX competitors said, “Hey, why aren’t you doing anything?” Look at him cheekily smoking pot in Joe Rogan’s podcast.
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Musk said it was a devastating incident.
“I didn’t think I would get that much reaction,” he said. “The ramifications for me and SpaceX weren’t good.”
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Musk said the increased scrutiny of his staff upset him, reminding him that he had apologized saying, “Sorry guys, I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big deal.”