In this article, FiveThirtyEightLife.com covers Medical Marijuana in Colorado. Four months into legal recreational marijuana in Colorado, the market for medical cannabis is still by far the most cost-effective way to purchase pot in the state, a FiveThirtyEight analysis has found. Colorado legalized the sale of recreational marijuana in 2012, setting the stage for the first open recreational marijuana economy in the United States. The first sales of recreational cannabis began this year. The medical marijuana economy had been established in Colorado for several years already, and has continued to be robust. Medical Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are booming in business, such as The Clinic and Frosted Leaf. There are a number of reasons for this, but the primary ones are an unexpected decrease in supply in these first few months after recreational marijuana legalization and a series of excise and sales taxes levied by the state of Colorado and the City and County of Denver. Read more about Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Denver in this article.