Inside an old restaurant a short walk from Allen’s Landing, the birthplace of Houston, the Pachyderm Club holds its luncheons.
The group is staunchly Republican, mostly older and Anglo, but with a few younger Asians and Hispanics in the mix. It could easily be mistaken for a small Rotary Club except for the prevalence of elephant lapel pins.
But the most surprising thing about the crowd is another kind of pin, worn by a few of the Pachyderm Club members. “RAMP” is the message, an acronym for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition.