Quoted from MrBally:
FFS, these are not my rules. This is how large corporations operate. Especially publicly traded ones.
If I have to live by these rules, others working in the same environment need to. From the loveliest technician to the Chairman of the Board.
Some companies still do drug testing, especially for employees that operate heavy equipment or the like. But I doubt most Fortune 500 companies would fire you if you posted a picture of yourself smoking weed in your free time.
The actual issue here is that if you’re a CEO of a major corporation who has been behaving erratically in recent weeks and your Board is expressing concerns about your drug use (Ambien), letting yourself be recorded smoking a giant joint seems like yet more erratic behavior. Yeah, if you watch the tape he says it’s not something he does much, but as a CEO you don’t have the luxury or saying “watch the whole tape,” you have to think about public perception. Or not, I guess, but at the risk of your stock price and potentially your job.
Would this matter on its own? No. As one piece of evidence in a growing narrative that Musk is behaving erratically and is out touch with the realities of his situation? Yes. Whether or not that narrative is correct, he should be aware of it because it will absolutely affect his business.