The number of medical cannabis prescriptions approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in February soared past 8,000, smashing the previous high by more than 1,700.

SAS-B approvals over the past 12 months

The extraordinary number – in a short month – was up 125% on February last year and close to 2,000 more than January 2021, official TGA figures revealed.

The previous approval record was set in November 2020 when the regulator signed off 6,356 prescriptions.

The number of Authorised Prescribers climbed to 215, up from 196 the previous month.

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