I am relatively new to this country, having been born and raised in the Great White North of Canada.
Our two countries are very similar in a lot of ways, but there are differences, as well.
The biggest adjustment I had to make is that people down here in the States are not as friendly and welcoming as we are in Canada. I have taught myself to smile a little less and not be as outgoing, because many Americans consider that suspicious. Another big change was the attitude folks have about recreational cannabis use. There are cannabis laws in Canada, but they are very lax and hardly ever enforced. If you have an illegal farm full of cannabis plants, the government may levy a fine against you, but it is almost unheard of to go to jail over marijuana. In the States there are still a lot of people who believe that marijuana is dangerous, or immortal, which always makes me laugh. The biggest folly is what people oppose marijuana on religious grounds. These fools forgot that they believe God created everything, which means that God created the marijuana plant. If there was ever a Garden of Eden, I can guarantee you that there were cannabis plants in it. It’s fine to not smoke cannabis, most Canadians don’t get high either, but the idea that Americans want to stop everyone else from getting high is ludicrous. I am proud to be Canadian, and I’m proud to smoke cannabis. The United States is a neat place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here.