An interesting perspective
At the link is an article about a sociologist who spent a few years living in an inner-city neighborhood in Philadelphia with some minor drug dealers, and wrote up her experiences in a book.
I think its worth a read, if only to get an idea of the unintended consequences of the war on drugs, what a life is like for black high school drop outs, what kind of life they lead trying to stay out of jail (they don't go to the ER when they get shot or mugged), and the police tactics.
I'm not defending or promoting any point here, but its an interesting perspective.
Here is a link that might be useful: link