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

Elon Musk revealed in an interview published Thursday that his marijuana use on “The Joe Rogan Experience” created a nightmare for his business.

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

After taking a puff from a joint, the tech mogul fired her.

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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Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears via video link during the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha, Qatar, June 21, 2022. (Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Musk told the ‘Full Send’ podcast this week that the feds had started giving him and other SpaceX employees random drug tests ‘to prove I’m not a drug addict’. .

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“I had a lot of backlash,” Musk told the podcast. “It was pretty crazy, actually.

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

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Musk said it was a damaging incident.

“I didn’t think I would get this much backlash,” he said. “The consequences for me and for SpaceX were not good.”

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Musk said the heightened surveillance of his employees upset him, recalling his apology saying, “Sorry guys, I didn’t know this would be such a big deal.”

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