As a distributor am I permitted to give glassware to a retailer if my supplier gives me the glassware free of charge?

No. According to Section 6-6 of the Liquor Control Act, no manufacturer or distributor may “directly or indirectly, sell, supply, furnish, give or pay for, or loan or lease, any furnishing, fixture or equipment on the premises of a place of business of another licensee authorized under this Act to sell alcoholic liquor at retail….”  

Section 6-6 (iv) also states: “…however, such items, for example, as coasters, trays, napkins, glassware and cups shall not be deemed to be inside signs or advertising materials and may only be sold to retailers.”