Elon Musk says Joe Rogan weed puff meant random drug tests for him, SpaceX employees: ‘A lot of backlash’

Elon Musk revealed in an interview released Thursday that his marijuana use at “The Joe Rogan Experience” was causing a nightmare for his company.

Musk smoked marijuana on an episode of Rogan’s show in 2018, saying he was not a regular user himself and asking if it was legal.

After taking a drag on a 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 against federal law.

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Musk told this week’s “Full Send” podcast 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 backlash,” Musk told the podcast. “It was actually quite tough.

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“Because SpaceX has a federal government contract — and it’s still federally illegal. So the SpaceX competitors said, ‘Hey, why aren’t you doing anything? Watch him smoke weed brutally on Joe Rogan’s podcast.'”

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Musk said it was a damaging incident.

“I didn’t think I’d get so many responses,” he said. “The consequences for me and for SpaceX were not good.”

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Musk said the increased scrutiny of his employees upset him and recalled apologizing, saying, “Sorry guys, I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big deal.”

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