Elon Musk had to pass a year of federal drug testing after smoking marijuana on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Musk, the richest man in the world and one of the most influential people out there, appeared on Rogan’s infamous podcast in 2018. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX opened up for an intimate interview with Rogan as most guests do. Musk and Rogan talked about several topics before UFC’s color commentator introduced a little weed to the situation. Most speculate that this was Musk’s first time trying the devil’s lettuce.
Following his appearance on Rogan’s podcast, Tesla’s stock plunged about 9 percent after investors and shareholders witnessed Musk’s smoking session with Rogan. It cost the company billions.
Earlier this week, Musk appeared on the “Full Send” podcast and revealed to the Nelk Boys that his smoking adventures on Rogan’s podcast also led to a year of federal drug testing.
“I got a lot of backlash because it’s still federally illegal,” Musk said.
According to the billionaire investor, the government drug tested him on just about everything because of the federal contracts tied to SpaceX. It was just bad optics and Musk had to pay for his blunt smoking behaviour.
“SpaceX has contracts with the federal government, so our competitors said, ‘Why aren’t you doing anything? Check him out smoking weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast,’ Musk said.
“They tested me on everything.”
Musk, who is currently worth more than $260 billion, has recovered nicely from the incident. However, it just goes to show how a few moments on Rogan’s podcast can land even the richest man in the world in hot water. With 11 million listeners per episode, Rogan’s Spotify podcast has that kind of reach.