Well known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made some remarks this week about marijuana and what not to do with the drug.
Speaking to TMZ initially about Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, who had smoked marijuana on a podcast recently, Tyson had said, “I think—can they leave him alone? Let the man get high if he wants to get high.”
Musk smoking marijuana had ignited a lot of controversy and abruptly made Tesla shares drop.
Tyson continued, “You know, he’s got to obey the [Securities and Exchange Commission], clearly. But if he doesn’t want to obey the SEC, then he’s got to have a private company, then he can do what he wants. But he took his company public, so there’s an accountability there to the public trust of what goes on on the stock market. But other than that, he’s the only game in town… Count me as team Elon.”
“He’s the best thing we’ve had since Thomas Edison,” Tyson said of the modern innovator.
As for what not to do with marijuana, Tyson had urged caution when it comes to smoking the drug in space. A TMZ reporter had asked him what it would be like to light up in space and Tyson responded, “Well, the problem is, in space now, many things will kill you. So if you do anything to alter your understanding of what is reality, that’s not in the interest of your health. So if you want to get high in space, like lock yourself in your cabin and don’t come out because you could break stuff inadvertently. OK? That’s how that goes.”