Gonna sound a bit rude here, but.....
Most of the med/rec cannabis here is trash.
NETA is absolute garbage, Patriot Care is hardly much better, Garden Remedies is trash, the list goes on and on.
There are a couple dispensaries that people seem to enjoy like Bershire Roots, MAC (no relation to the cut), and Good Chem. Of all those, I think the one closest to Salem would be the East Boston location of Bershire Roots (Rec, not medical).
I have only been to Berkshire Roots, and if I were to grab anything, I'd go to Berkshire roots as their bud actually has some flavor. Their OGKB 2.0 bx actually had some ogkb 2.0 flavor to it.
I mean, most of the bud out here has decent effects, they just don't know how to dry and cure for flavor. You have a couple of options right in Salem, like INSA and ATG, but I have never tried their flower, nor do I hear people raving about them the same way people talk about Berkshire Roots and Mac.
Oh yeah, be ready to drop $60-70 for a rec eighth.