Tesla CEO Elon Musk's security clearance under review over pot use: Bloomberg
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk pauses during a news conference in Tokyo in this file photo from September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Tesla Inc and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk’s security clearance is being reviewed by the Pentagon after the billionaire smoked marijuana on a California comedian’s podcast in September, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a U.S. official.


Musk has security clearance as SpaceX provides satellite launch services to the U.S. government.

The electric carmaker’s shares pared gains following the report.

Musk provoked a Twitter storm by smoking marijuana on a live web show with comedian Joe Rogan in September. He was filmed smoking pot, drinking whiskey and wielding a sword on the show.

Tesla, SpaceX and Pentagon did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila